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Winners of ‘Catch a Crucian’ Photographic Competition 2018 Announced

05.10.18

Matt Minter Crucian Carp
Matt Minter – a classic shot of an ancient-looking 2lb 5oz crucian lying alongside traditional crucian tackle: a centrepin reel, cane rod and an insert waggler float. Matt caught this glorious fish from a southern stillwater on float-fished paste.

After some superb photographs and some very tight judging decisions, the Angling Trust can announce the winners and runners-up of the third annual Catch a Crucian Photographic Competition organised in conjunction with the National Crucian Conservation Project.

This year the competition was run throughout June, July and August and again sponsored by Bait-Tech and Angling Direct. The top results in each category are:

Best Crucian Picture:

Matt Minter – a classic shot of an ancient-looking 2lb 5oz crucian lying alongside traditional crucian tackle: a centrepin reel, cane rod and an insert waggler float. Matt caught this glorious fish from a southern stillwater on float-fished paste.

Best Junior Picture:

Lauren Stevens – a smiling Lauren, donning a pink raincoat, proudly holds out her first ever crucian, caught from Hinkshay Top Pool in Telford. 8-year-old Lauren beat her father’s personal best!

Best Scenic Picture:

Rhys Kolze Jones – a gorgeous photograph of the sun rising over the trees at Onslow Estate Long Pool in Shropshire. Rhys used a very low angle position above some yellow water lilies to achieve this unique image.

Thanks to generous sponsorship, the winners of each category will receive a £100 Angling Direct voucher to spend on the tackle or bait of their choice, and the top three entries in each category will receive a bucket of special crucian groundbaits, pellets and additives from Bait-Tech. We are particularly grateful to both our sponsors for their continued support, without which the competition wouldn’t be possible.

In 2016 the Angling Trust and the National Crucian Conservation Project teamed up with the Association of Crucian Anglers who conceived the idea of designating June as 'Catch a Crucian Month'. The competition was designed to promote crucians as a species, to assist in the recognition of true crucians, to encourage more anglers to take up crucian fishing and to highlight the immediate need to develop specific crucian waters in line with the aims of the National Crucian Conservation Project. After another successful competition in 2017, the decision was made to run it again this year but to extend it over June, July and August, giving potential entrants much more time to catch their crucian and submit their photographs into the competition.

Entries were judged by a panel of crucian enthusiasts: leading expert on crucian carp in the UK, Peter Rolfe; Passion for Angling filmmaker and crucian conservationist, Hugh Miles; well-respected specimen angler and founder of the National Crucian Conservation Project, Chris Turnbull; and big-fish angler and globetrotter, Gary Newman.

Hugh Miles said: “I was honoured to be asked to judge this competition again this year, not just because crucians are such wonderful creatures but because the quality of your photography was even better than last year. It was difficult to choose the winners and the other winners will be the crucians themselves. Interest and investment in these splendid fish has increased a lot in recent years and we can all thank the Angling Trust and Environment Agency for all they’ve done to make this happen. Long live crucian carp!”

James Champkin, Angling Trust Campaigns Officer who manages entries into the Catch a Crucian competition, added: “It’s been fantastic to organise this great competition for another year. By extending it over three months it gave entrants more flexibility to gather their images, and the result has been an extremely high standard of photographs being submitted. We’re very pleased that Angling Direct, Bait-Tech and our esteemed judges have been willing to support the initiative for three years now. I certainly believe that the competition has encouraged many more people to get out there and target this wonderful species and its particularly uplifting to see so many young anglers proudly holding their first crucian. Hopefully they will become motivated to join the efforts of the National Crucian Conservation Project to conserve this charismatic little fish for the future.”

Hayley, Managing Director at Bait-Tech, concluded: “Well done to everyone who took part and congratulations to the winners. The photo entries showed a great variety of crucians, some stunning views and best of all massive smiles!”

All of this year's entries can be viewed on the Catch a Crucian website here.

Rhys Kolze Jones Catch a Crucian Month 2018 Winner
Rhys-Kolze Jones' winning photograph in the 'Scenic Crucian Waters' category.


Lauren Stevens Catch a Crucian Month 2018 winner
Lauren Steven's winning photograph in the 'Juniors with Crucians' category.

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