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Wildlife Photo Competition Results

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Here are the results of my 2012 Wildlife Photo Competition. Thank you to everyone who entered and well done to the talented photographers whose images appear in the final selection below.

Thank you to Committed Photography for providing the following prizes:

  • Winner: 16×24 framed print of your winning shot (estimated value of $250)
  • Runners up x 2: 16×24 prints unframed (value of $50 each)

Winner

Our wildlife photo contest winner is Chris Minihane with his atmospheric image of a rhino in Kenya. Congratulations Chris!

The Rhino by Chris Minihane

The Rhino by Chris Minihane

The Rhino by Chris Minihane

“A lone rhino stands on the dusty shores of Lake Naivasha at dusk, Kenya.”

Equipment: Nikon D300 12MM lens

Chris Minihane originally hails from the Bay Area in California, eventually spending 14 years in North and East Africa photographing the Maasai in Kenya and delving wholeheartedly into photojournalism for the United Nations.
An award-winning photographer, Chris is represented by Getty, Alamy and National Geographic and has been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and juried exhibits in Paris, New York, London, Washington DC, Hong Kong, Sydney, San Francisco and more.
Chris’ work has graced the pages of several books and magazines and most recently was awarded a coveted honor for outstanding achievement in high dynamic range photography.

Website: chrisminihanephotography.wordpress.com

Runners-up

Congratulations to our runners-up, Mark Bridger and Paul Cowell!

Dusk by Mark Bridger

Dusk by Mark Bridger

Dusk by Mark Bridger

“A wild barn owl hunting over the Norfolk Marshes at dusk.”

Equipment: Canon 1Dmk4 Canon 500f4 IS L + 1.4TC

Mark Bridger – I am 43 years old and live in the UK. I have been taking mainly wildlife photos for about three years now, I love to photograph all animals from the smallest of bugs to the largest of beasts.

Website: www.bridgephotography.co.uk

Breaking a Ball by Paul Cowell

Breaking a Ball by Paul Cowell

Breaking a Ball by Paul Cowell

“White tip reef shark breaking into a sardine ball – South Africa”

Equipment: Canon Eos 5D mk 1

Paul Cowell – Keen amateur photographer and scuba diver

Website: www.flickr.com/photos/paulcowell/


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!

Deep Drink and a Blue Sky by Mike Dexter

Deep Drink and a Blue Sky by Mike Dexter

“Cloud and water are rare commodities in the dry season on Mashatu Game Reserve. An elephant quenches its thirst at a small waterhole while cloud overhead provides a seldom seen backdrop in this part of the world.”

Equipment: Canon 7D, Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS

Mike Dexter – I’m a professional wildlife photographer based in Botswana. For the last year much of my photography has been from an underground hide just meters from a very productive waterhole in the dry and remote north eastern corner of the country.

Website: www.mikedexter.com

Snorting Hippo by Kurt Jay Bertels

Snorting Hippo by Kurt Jay Bertels

“When hippos want to protect their water form perceived intruders, they put on a great display, usually culminating in the classic yawn. I wanted to show a different stage of the display, and captured the start of the display – the snort that precedes the yawn.”

Kurt Jay Bertels – I started photography at the age of 9, and have focused mainly on wildlife. I have spent the last 8 years working in the game parks of Africa, and now lead photographic safaris throughout the world.

Website: www.50safaris.com

Night Butterfly by Arseniy

Night Butterfly by Arseniy

“Young butterfly”

Equipment: Nikon D3s + Nikkor 105 2,8 VR

Arseniy – Student, make photos since 2006.

Hoopoe by Giovanni Frescura

Hoopoe by Giovanni Frescura

“Canon 1D Mark IV
Canon 300 f.2.8, iso 800, 1/2500, f.3.2″

Giovanni Frescura – Wildlife, silent, nature ..what more could you want?

Chameleon Lunch by Simone Sbaraglia

Chameleon Lunch by Simone Sbaraglia

“Panther Chameleon in the Andasibe rainforest of Madagascar”

Equipment: Nikon D300, Nikon 70-200 VR

Simone Sbaraglia – Simone Sbaraglia is a professional nature and wildlife photographer based in Rome. His work aims at highlighting the beauty, harmony and uniqueness of our planet, in the hope that it can be preserved for the future generations.

Website: www.simonesbaraglia.com

Maldina and her Spiderlings by Olivier Roland

Maldina and her Spiderlings by Olivier Roland

“A 15mm female Amaurobius spider protecting her recently hatched spiderlings.”

Equipment: Pentax K5 with a reversed 50mm lens on extension tubes

Olivier Roland – I am a belgian graphic designer and photographer, I take photos of everything but the spiders are my favourite subjects, it’s probably their bad reputation that made me want to look into it, for finally realizing how ridiculous and disproportionate is the phobia they can generate in us.

Website: www.riprod.net

Stormy Romance by Kurt Jay Bertels

Stormy Romance by Kurt Jay Bertels

“Mating lions have been photographed over and over again, so when I found a mating pair, I went for something a little different. I used a polecam, and hours of patiently edging close enough until the lions filled the frame, and changed the angle on a ‘tired shot’, which gave a great new perspective.”

Kurt Jay Bertels – I started photography at the age of 9, and have focused mainly on wildlife. I have spent the last 8 years working in the game parks of Africa, and now lead photographic safaris throughout the world.

Website: www.50safaris.com

Blesbok Silhouette by Phil Perry

Blesbok Silhouette by Phil Perry

“Group of Blesbok silhouetted against the Malolotja mountains.”

Equipment: Canon EOS 40D + Canon 100-400mm @ 100mm

Phil Perry – A lifelong naturalist, I have taken wildlife photographs for many years. I currently live in Swaziland in Southern Africa.

Website: www.pperrywildlifephotos.org.sz

Skimming a Wave by Bill Klipp

Skimming a Wave by Bill Klipp

“The seas of the Southern Ocean suddenly flattened and became smooth as glass. I positioned myself on the side of the ship to photograph the Petrels and other sea bids as they glided alongside us. After an hour plus and hundreds of shots this one of a Pintado Petrel’s wing tip skimming the surface was my favorite.”

Equipment: Nikon D300 with nikkor 70-200mm f2.8

Bill Klipp – Hi my name is Bill Klipp and after spending what felt like a life time in the Financial Services Industry my wife Linda and I were able to retire and turn our life long interests into a passions and obsessions. Our intense interest in the natural world couples well with our passion for photography and our love of exotic travel. Our hope is to create compelling images to promote an appreciation of the Natural World to help safeguard the biodiversity of the planet and the integrity of its natural ecosystems.
As you wander through our online photo galleries you will quickly see that we focus on Nature and Travel images. Our website highlights some of our favorite images taken over the last several years. Our photo galleries will take you to places like Namibia and other Southern African countries, Cuba, the Amazon, The Galapagos Islands, East Africa, The Baja, Machu Pichu, Brazil’s Pantanal, Alaska, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe the Arctic and Antarctica as well as local images from near our homes in Key West Florida and Discovery Bay California.

Website: www.wkimages.net

Whale Sharks Passing by Steve De Neef

Whale Sharks Passing by Steve De Neef

“Two whale sharks pass by in the Visayan region of the Philippines. This area is an important place for migrating whale sharks as in the right season, food is abundant. “

Equipment: Canon 5D markIII, Canon 16-35mm f2.8, Nauticam Housing

Steve De Neef – I’m an aspiring underwater/documentary photographer trying to share the beauty of our blue planet. Currently I’m working around Asia as a freelance photographer.

Website: www.stevedeneef.com


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 ensure you are notified when future contests open for entries, you can subscribe to my free email newsletter (or via rss).

Enter our current photo contest: Travel Photo Competition

3 Comments

  1. Anri said: November 1, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I want Night butterfly hi-res! excellent…

  2. Anri said: November 1, 2012 at 8:10 am

    He must be the winner! He and none other!

  3. PedroStephano said: November 2, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Wonderful photos. But the “Maldina” one made me LOL :-)

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