Bird Photo Competition 1 2019 : Results

  • Competition Winner : First Prize
  • $633.20
  • Judges Comment
  • These days, there are countless images of hummingbirds around, many of which are strongly lit to show off their spectacular gorgets and other plumes, as well as the colourful flowers from which they feed. This image succeeds by bucking that trend and going for a simple, subdued study in dull greens and browns. It does, however, work well on several levels. First, the soft side lighting brings out the form in both the tap and the bird. Second, judicious use of flash creates a sharp rendering of the wings to complement the motion blur. Third, the composition makes the shot by including only the two elements of tap and bird and balancing these nicely to the top-right and bottom-left of the vertical frame. Finally, the image works conceptually as an example of mankind (for once) being of benefit to wildlife. Most bird photographers work hard to exclude 'hand of man' elements, but this image shows how such objects can be put to good creative use occasionally.
  • Photographers Comment
  • Thank you very much for choosing my photowork as a winner at this competition, n I'm happy. I am working in a food industry and really feel keen to be an amateur or enthusiast photographer. I took that photo in Bandung, Indonesia using Nikon D 7100 with Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 Lens. The lighting scheme was planned by using flashlight as this bird often takes some drink in that tap water faucet. The bird is domesticated or tamed by providing regular feeding and during free flight I usually wait near that faucet to get the shot that I want. I wanted to show or capture the moment where animal benefited from man made object. After several trial, I eventually get that shot.. Best regards
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  • Mark Of Excellence
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  • The Bee-eater's beautiful plumage and dynamic pose have been captured in this flight shot
  • Mark Of Excellence
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  • A perfectly timed 'alighting shot' of this owl in a natural setting
  • Mark Of Excellence
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  • A classic Anhinga pose nicely presented in low key with a tight composition
  • Photographers Comment
  • Many Thanks!!! for the Mark of Excellence. My name is Christine Sandberg, born in US, and living in Sweden. I have a profound passion for photography and a lot of my work is produced in Florida just like this portrait of an Anhinga from within a Nature Preserve including a freshwater habitat. Canon EOS 7D at: f/2.8-1/1600-ISO 400-123mm, shutterprio. Handheld with Canon EF 70-200 1:2.8 L IS II USM. Just basic enhancement in PS. Congrats to the Winner!
  • Mark Of Excellence
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  • The interesting shapes formed by these battling herons are powerfully conveyed in silhouette form
  • Mark Of Excellence
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  • 'Revealing' birds such as this dotterel through out-of-focus foreground and background is an effective way of emphasising the subject
  • Mark Of Excellence
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  • Aerial squabbles between small birds such as these Tree Sparrows are challenging to capture, especially against a mixed background
  • Photographers Comment
  • canon 7d+canon 400 l is removed in Russia in the village of Ryazan region. a pair of sparrows fight in flight