Here are the results of our 2011 Wildlife Photo Competition. This was another strong year so the task of judging the entries was not easy! Thank you to everyone who entered and well done to the talented photographers whose images appear in the final selection below.
Our wildlife photo contest winner is Arun Kumar from India, congratulations! Arun’s photograph of a red-whiskered bulbul feeding berries to its chicks has it all; it is sharp, vibrant and well composed, it shows interesting behaviour and it’s cute! Well done Arun!
Red-whiskered Bulbul Family by Arun Kumar N.K.
“Red-whiskered bulbul feeding young ones with white fruit.”
Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Equipment: Canon 40D with Canon 300mm f/2.8 lens
Arun Kumar N.K. – Hobby photographer who loves nature, animals, insects. I started photography in the year 2001. I use a Canon 40D with 300mm 2.8 lens.
Congratulations to our runners-up, Fabien Michenet and Alamsyah Rauf. Fabien’s image of a young humpback whale is spectacular; it really illustrates the power and playfulness of these ocean giants. Alamsyah’s image of ants working together to reach a flower is a fascinating example of team work in the insect world.
Humpback Whale Diving by Fabien Michenet
“I observed this young whale, probably just a few weeks old, for quite some time. My presence in the water seemed to be an interesting distraction.
It was as though the calf wanted to play and show-off its agility (all the while being careful not to harm me despite being just a baby and rather imposing).
He did a few acrobatic movements, including this dive under the surface of the ocean that I photographed here.”
Location: Tahiti – French Polynesia
Equipment: Canon EOS 5d mk2 – 15mm Fisheye – Ikelite Housing
Cooperation by Alamsyah Rauf
“Ants photographed in my garden”
Equipment: Canon 5D mark 2
Alamsyah Rauf – I am a freelance photographer.
Highly Commended Images
Our highly commended images are fantastic shots that illustrate the amazing variety of entries we received. Well done to everyone who made it onto this list!
Red Deer at Dawn by Andrew Whitmarsh
“I went to Richmond Park early one weekend to take photos of the red deer rut. Unusually warm weather led to amazing conditions, with the light of the rising sun scattered by the mist.”
Equipment: Nikon D7000 + Sigma 150-500mm OS lens, Manfrotto tripod and head
Andrew Whitmarsh – In the last 18 months or so I have become increasingly interested in wildlife photography, which has eclipsed my previous passion of shooting landscapes.
Say Cheese by Devin Taylor
“Seals are one of the only inhabitants of Mittlenatch Island which is on the coast of B.C. with it’s desert like micro climate, it makes the perfect place for them to sunbathe.”
Equipment: Canon 1ds 70-200 2.8 USM
Devin Taylor – A Canadian photographer with a love for wildlife and photojournalism.
Lesson Learned by Darren Colello
“A mother grizzly bear teaches her young which succulent sedge grasses to choose.”
Equipment: Canon 7D, 100-400 lens
Darren Colello – Darren has always been interested in the natural world. Throughout his career, he has had the great pleasure of working with a vast diversity of species. In addition to working with animals, Darren has taught various age groups about the incredible and exciting world of wildlife. He believes in respecting animals and observing their capabilities and adaptations in awe.
Up Above by Jacques
“I was busy taking pictures of three cubs playing in and around this tree, when this little one fell out and sat looking up planning on how to get back up with his siblings.”
Equipment: Canon 7D, Sigma 150-500
Jacques – I have my Btech in nature conservation and currently work as a Student coordinator on a game reserve. I m 25 years old and have a passion for photography and wildlife.
Yellowlegs Reflects by Jim Cumming
“Taken with my Canon 40D and 400 5.6 L lens at Jack Pine trail in Ottawa, Ont, Canada”
Equipment: Canon 40D and Canon 400 5.6 Llens
Jim Cumming – I’m an amateur photographer living in Kanata, Ontario and use the Canon 40D and Canon L series lenses.
Cratena by Jordi Benitez
“Small nudibranch (1,5 cm long) shoted in the Dragonera wreck in Tarragona harbour, Spain”
Equipment: canon 400d + tokina 10-17mm + Sea&sSea housing + 2 x Inon z-240 strobes
Jordi Benitez – I’m underwater photographer since 2006, and my passion is take pictures from special creatures underwater.
Looking for You by Patricio Menis
“A Trille (bird’s name) calling for his future wife.”
Equipment: Nikkor D90 – Nikkor 80-200
Patricio Menis – Emergent photographer. I’ve being dedicated to this since a few month ago. And i love it, finally found my way.. and its photoraphy, wild life and nature.
In the Forest by Elisabetta Paolicchi
“Sea Eagle, Norway”
Equipment: Canon Mark IV
Canon 300 f.2,8
Elisabetta Paolicchi – Wildlife, people, landscape…this is the best of the earth!
Scarred Manatee by Ben Horton
“A manatee rests in a warm water spring. The animal is scarred from an impact with a boat.”
Equipment: Canon 5D Mark II, 16-35mmL, Sea and Sea Underwater Housing and YS-250 Strobes
Ben Horton – Ben Horton started his career as a photographer by taking photographs of places where other people simply couldn’t go. The more remote the location, the harder it was to get there, the more appeal it had for the young upstart. It wasn’t long before Ben moved on to working in the commercial world, and was picked up by some of the top names in fashion and advertising. As it goes, Ben’s original passion caught ahold of him once again while shooting a documentary film on a remote island in the Pacific. Ben was awarded the first ever National Geographic Young Explorers Grant for work he did to expose the issue of shark poaching on Cocos Island and as a result, he was invited to join National Geographic Explorer in Residence Will Steger on a two month arctic adventure, using photography to document the effects of global warming. Ben is now a contributing photographer for National Geographic, and uses his advanced outdoor skills to tell the stories of the worlds far off places. Ben’s early career as a professional Kayaker gets him into remote rivers, diving and climbing experience get him to vantage points not often seen by the general public, but it is Ben’s tenacious drive to complete his goals that gives him the reputation for getting the shots.
Carnivore by Ingrid Vekemans
“This cheetah was eating a fresh kill when we happened to drive past… by slowly opening the window, I momentarily drew her attention and she gave me this look.”
Equipment: Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S VR 300mm f/2,8, TC-14EII, beanbag
Ingrid Vekemans – Fascinated by Africa, Belgian Ingrid Vekemans first set foot there in 1994. She has since been on many return journeys, during which she has captured the natural beauty of the continent. Although her original focus was African wildlife, Ingrid has also become involved in nature photography in other regions of the world. Devoted to Nikon equipment, Ingrid prefers to wait patiently with specific animals until something happens rather than focusing on a multitude of subjects or designing and creating a certain set-up. She plans to continue to develop her photography with this philosophy of ‘capturing the moment’. Ingrid currently shows her photos in exhibitions in Belgium and The Netherlands. She also organizes photography workshops in her home country, Belgium. Ingrid won several awards with her photography.
Congratulations once again to all the finalists!
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