Bird Photo Competition 1 2013 : Entry Number 628

Judges Comment

Good quality bird images are now so commonplace that to stand out requires more creativity than technical skill. This bizarre wide-angle image of a pelican feeding frenzy taken from water level adds a whole new meaning to 'fisheye photography'.

Photographers Comment

Thank you very much for the winning prize! Before setting of to Lake Kerkini in Northern Greece, I planned ahead the way I would photograph Dalmatian Pelicans, so I designed a whole system incorporating an underwater camera housing and specially positioned lights and flashes, and it was a great thrill to find that the contraption worked the way I planned. I took a lot, I mean a lot of pictures during the five days I spent there but I took the best ones on the very last day.