Enter our current photo contest: Wildlife Photography Competition
Our Wildlife Photography Contest has proven to be another huge success! We received around five thousand stunning entries and cutting them down to the finalists shown below was not an easy task! We would like to thank everyone who entered the contest and we hope to see many more of your photographs in future contests.
Before proceeding, we would like to thank our terrific sponsors, Lensbaby and SmugMug, who generously donated some of the prizes. The winner and two runners-up will receive prizes as described on this page.
Our winner is this fantastic image by Stephen Powles showing a swallow flying through a broken window as it returns to its nest. We picked this image for its beautiful composition and framing and also for the technical expertise and planning that obviously went into obtaining the shot. The image also beautifully portrays the agility and grace of these amazing birds. Congratulations Stephen!
Last Run of the Day by Stephen Powles
“Nesting swallow flying through a broken window.”
Equipment: Nikon D100, flashes, light beam, tripod
Stephen Powles – Vet & wildlife photography enthusiast.
Our two runners-up are both great macro images, one taken underwater and one on the land. The first, by Gilbert Woolley, shows a fish hiding on a branch of coral. We love the beautiful coral formation which provides great context for the shot. The fish, with its transparent body and striking eyes, is an interesting and lovely little subject.
Our second runner-up, by Bhabani Prosad Mondal, is a fascinating photograph of spider watching over its egg sac and offspring. We love the tightly bunched mass of cute little spiderlings and the protective stance of the mother spider.
Hidden by Gilbert Woolley
“The transparent bodies of these little fish make them tricky to spot on the coral on which they hide, but the eyes are usually the give away.”
Equipment: Nikon D200 105mm macro
Gilbert Woolley – After working in England for 12 years, I have recently moved to Borneo for a change of lifestyle. Having learnt to dive here, I now dive most weekends and quite often take a camera with me.
Spider with Newly Hatched Babies by Bhabani Prosad Mondal
“I took this unusual shot on a leaf.”
Equipment: Canon EOS 30D, 105mm Macro (Sigma)
Bhabani Prosad Mondal – I love nature, activities of animals, insects, birds attract me. I have canon 30D with 200-500mm tamron and a 105mm macro lens. I have more than 100 award in the last six years. I am a central Government employee and work in the Ministry of Defence.
Highly Commended Images
Our highly commended images are all great shots that illustrate the variety of entries we received. Congratulations to everyone who made it onto this list!
Highly Commended: Mammals
Guardian of the Lamar Valley by Mike Cavaroc
“The alpha female of the Canyon Pack in spring of 2009 stands over a ridge in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA.”
Equipment: Canon 5D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Mike Cavaroc – Got my first camera in 2004 and shortly after moved out to Phoenix, Arizona, USA. It remained a hobby until about 2007 when I began seriously pursuing a photography career. In 2008 I packed up and moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA to focus more on wildlife and nature of the area.
Roaring Stag by Diane Seddon
“The Roar of the Rut”
Equipment: Canon 1D MK4
Diane Seddon – A part time professional photographer
Wildebeest – Mara River by Terry Wall
“Wildebeest in the dust, Mara River, Kenya”
Terry Wall – wildlife and landscape photographer based in the Forest of Dean
Matriarch by Ingrid Vekemans
“The matriarch of a herd of elephant with several young elephants – she was not agitated but showed us she was alerted.”
Equipment: Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S VR 300mm/f2.8, beanbag
Highly Commended: Birds
Balance Act by Harry Eggens
“Shot of this juvenile White-tailed Eagle taken from a hide in the hills near Flatanger in Norway. Stormy weather and a lot of snow was falling down at that moment.”
Equipment: Nikon D300 with Nikkor 500mm AF-S lens
Harry Eggens – Born on the 10th of January 1953, raised and still living in Groningen, a town in the northern part of the Netherlands. Started serious photography in 1990 with a Nikon F801. After that I did upgrade to the Nikon 801s, F90, F90x, F4E, F5 and at the time I am using the Nikon D2x and D300 bodies with Nikkor 24-70mm AF-S, 70-200mm AF-S VR, 105mm Nano maro VR, and 200-400mm F4.0 AF-S VR lenses.
One of a Kind by Andre Boto
“A huge flock of seagulls fighting over for some food.”
Equipment: Canon EOS 30D + Sigma 10-20mm + Flash
Andre Boto – My main work today is authorship, conceptual and advertising photography, but I continue to make some nature photography and that type of no edition photography.
Airborne Meal by Linn Smith
“Swimming with the body submerged and only the neck and head out of the water, an Anhinga surfaces to flip its prey into its mouth before swallowing it down whole.”
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
The Look by Marco Barone
“Our eyes met for a moment and click!”
Equipment: nikon d300, sigma 100-300
Highly Commended: Macro
Hello!!! by Hayk Shalunts
“Say hello to this funny and cute Acrida longhead grasshopper!”
Equipment: Nikon D300s
Hayk Shalunts – Hayk Shalunts was born in 1979, in Armenia.
In various spheres of photography he prefers to shoot macro, the amazing world of insects.
Invisible Thread by Rayne Layfield
“I was walking along a river bank one evening, hoping to catch a glimpse of the shy pel’s fishing owl but I came across this spider instead, clinging to her web while she waited patiently for a meal to present itself.”
Equipment: Sony Alpha a230
Rayne Layfield – I’m eighteen, female and reside in Johannesburg. My hobbies include photography, of course, reading, writing, camping and generally hanging out with nature.
Damselfly by Anna-Liisa Pirhonen
“Summer 2010 was very hot in Finland. I have never seen as many damselflies as this summer!”
Equipment: Canon EOS 40D
Anna-Liisa Pirhonen – I am a Finnish woman. My hobbies are photographing, hiking, nature and cats.
Flying Dragon by Erez Marom
“A dragonfly hovering in midair. Shot at 1/1250 sec, the wings are still blurry, showing the amazing speed at which they move.”
Equipment: Canon EOS 40D, Tamron 180mm f/3.5 macro
Erez Marom – My name is Erez Marom, I’m an Israeli nature photographer, engineer and musician. I started my way in the DSLR world in March 2008, and since then I’ve become a hopeless addict. Today, in addition to regular shoots, I teach photography in several schools, lead private courses and workshops and guide photography trips worldwide. My two main interests are macro and landscape photography. To me, both these fields are all about revealing the intricacy and beauty of the world surrounding us.
Ants in Morning Glory by Rachel Haddy
Equipment: Olympus E-520
Rachel Haddy – Keen Amateur photographer, would love to travel more and saving hard for a safari holiday!
The Green Predator by Dr. Hari Venkatesh K Rajaraman
“The Survival of the fittest”
Equipment: Canon EOS 1000D
Dr. Hari Venkatesh K Rajaraman – A Lecturer, in an Ayurvedic Medical College, Karnataka State,India… Wildlife photography is of interest to me.
Highly Commended: Oceans
Crossing the Void by Kat
“Polycera nudibranchs, although minuscule to the naked eye, are brought to vivid detail using macro photography.”
Equipment: Nikon D70, 60mm f2.8 Macro, Ikelite Housing, Z220 strobe
Kat – Works for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust as a Marine Awareness Officer.
Manta by Ethan Daniels
“A young Manta ray feeds on plankton at night in the light shed from a nearby ship at anchor. Mantas are the world’s largest ray and are found circumtropically.”
Equipment: Canon 5D, Sigma 15mm lens
Ethan Daniels – Ethan Daniels is a freelance marine photojournalist based in northern California. Annual travels take Ethan all over the planet, from the cold waters of the Southern Ocean, the northern Atlantic, and the eastern Pacific, to the balmy Coral Triangle, Andaman Sea, and Caribbean. Ethan’s first solo-authored book, Under Cape Cod Waters, will be on bookshelves and available online in May 2010, and a selection of recent imagery can be found at on his website.
Dolphin’s Dinner by Paul Cowell
“Common Dolphin picking off a sardine during the 2010 annual sardine migration, off the coast of South Africa”
Equipment: Canon 5D mark1, 16-35mm lens, aquatica housing
Paul Cowell – Keen amateur photographer and scuba diver.
Lone Shark Alert by Alec Connah
“A fish shoal keeps a cautious distance as this young predator cruises the shallows.”
Equipment: Nikon F5 & 70-200mm f2.8 zoom lens.
Alec Connah – I have been taking wildlife photos and working in environmental posts for about 25 years now.
Abstract Dolphin by Kristen Graham
“While on a sunset boat ride in Hawaii, a pod of dolphins decided to join us. I’m glad I risked leaning so far over the edge of the boat, because I was able to capture this dolphin leading the way!”
Equipment: Canon 5D Mark II
Kristen Graham – I am a Texas based photographer that loves to travel and capture images that are special, and that you don’t see everyday. I am inspired by the world around me as well as fairytales.
Congratulations once again to all the finalists!
We look forward to seeing more of your wonderful wildlife photographs in next year’s wildlife photo contest. To make sure you don’t miss out, please subscribe to our free email newsletter (or via rss) so that we can notify you when future photo contests open for entries. The theme of our current contest is Travel, you can find out more here: Travel Photography Contest.