Eden, Britain’s leading natural history channel, today revealed the winner of its first-ever nationwide amateur filmmaking competition, Eden Shorts.
The top prize was scooped by 31-year-old Manchester-based Simon Owen, whose short film Effortless Beauty was selected by a panel of judges including wildlife presenters and enthusiasts Michaela Strachan and Nigel Marven, as well as the General Manager of Eden, Emma Boston.
The Eden Shorts competition was launched to inspire future nature filmmakers to capture the beauty and wonder of the world around them. More than 350 entries were judged on their creative filming technique, quality editing and post-production and thoughtful communication of a story or message.
Michaela Strachan commented on Simon’s winning entry:
Effortless Beauty features beautiful shots of wildlife alongside a thought-provoking script created a truly inspiring piece. It’s not easy to put words to film without waffling, as both Nigel and I know!
Nigel Marven added:
The winning film was a complete story, with a beginning, middle and end, all in one minute. Nowadays, children are the rarest animal in the woods and it’s films like this that serve to inspire the next generation to get out and experience nature first-hand.
Simon's winning film will be broadcast on Eden, and he also wins a high-end Panasonic Lumix camera.