Although the individual images have to be technically and pictorially strong, significant emphasis is put on the presentation of the 15 prints so it is not just a case of putting up your 15 best images. The overall effect must be aesthetically pleasing and well balanced in colour, size, shape etc. I chose to have 5 images along the bottom that were of birds at around ground (or water) level, the top row are birds taken at a higher level, including against the sky. I have tried to achieve harmony in the mix of portrait and landscape formats and in colours. Birds are generally facing into the panel. All were printed and mounted specifically for the ARPS assessment, ensuring matched print size, identical mount size and same paper and mount card throughout.
The images depict 15 species of birds, all reasonably common in the sense that I can go and find them locally within a relatively short drive from home. You do not have to travel all over the place to encounter enchanting birdlife. My birds are found in a variety of habitats and I have tried to show some aspects of behaviour such as preening, singing, collecting food etc
Photo courtesy of Barbie Lindsay, taken at a Beyond Group meeting