What an amazing experience to view the work of the finalists of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Being from all corners of the world the pictures give a snapshot (ahem) of today's wildlife.
Yet there is one important element missing. There were few close-ups and macro shots. These form a view of nature that can be both revealing and mysterious. We urge the organisers to include a section for close-up/macro work. For this to be most effective, the rule about not allowing multiple exposures should be relaxed. Focus stacking, ie. using multiple exposures to extend the depth of field, is perhaps the greatest advance of digital photography over the chemical process. The virtually unlimited depth of field give closeups a three-dimensional quality. These pictures allow us to look into nature, not just at her.
There is a current opinion/feeling amongs those of us who do macro i.e. inverts, reptiles etc. that the judges assume that they are controlled or set up shots. This is a bit of an insult for me as for example I have been around snakes all my long life and know how to move around them without disturbance. Lighten up judges! There is more to life than cats and other large animals.