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reserved for images far out of the ordinary in respect to at least five of the following parameters:

- surprising idea
- emotional appeal
- handling of colour
- handling of light
- precision of focus
- composition
- rarity of observation
- rarity of species
- informative notes

2011-10-31/p.st.
South Africa
Title: Symbiosis
Symbiosis (94) *
loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
Iran
Title: Spring is here
Spring is here (54) *
saeedabbasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 4 N: 546] (5100)
Canada
Title: Spermophilus lateralis
Spermophilus lateralis (50) *
dmark11 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 9 N: 655] (2633)
France
Title: Argentière Glacier
Argentière Glacier (30) *
TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Czech Republic
Title: Endromis versicolora - male
Endromis versicolora - male (54) *
mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
Ukraine
Title: Tails from the Odessa Steppe
Tails from the Odessa Steppe (180) *
Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Switzerland
Title: Malus scheideckeri
Malus scheideckeri (26)
anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Israel
Title: The last drop...
The last drop... (230) *
elroyie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 299 W: 87 N: 1482] (6439)
United States
Title: In Hot Pursuit
In Hot Pursuit (70) *
marhowie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5731 W: 1197 N: 98] (486)
Switzerland
Title: Backswimmer
Backswimmer (20)
anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Switzerland
Title: Macroglossum stellatarum
Macroglossum stellatarum (36)
anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Cyprus
Title: Ophrys morio + Papilio machaon
Ophrys morio + Papilio machaon (66) *
chrimakris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
South Africa
Title: Protective Mum
Protective Mum (26) *
bungbing Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 516 W: 0 N: 1626] (7743)
Greece
Title: Leucojum aestivum
Leucojum aestivum (6)
Tartaris Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 43] (506)
South Africa
Title: CONVERSATION
CONVERSATION (26)
Hotelcalifornia Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1495 W: 24 N: 2203] (14316)
Ireland
Title: The Double Heart - 5 Years In Ireland
The Double Heart - 5 Years In Ireland (20)
Hormon_Manyer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1467 W: 308 N: 2587] (10115)