Bird Photo Competition 2 2019 : Results

  • Competition Winner : First Prize
  • $586.40
  • Judges Comment
  • This is definitely more of an architectural image than a bird image, but the inclusion of birds is critical to the overall effect. Without them, it would be difficult to establish a sense of scale and so we could be looking at an object only a few centimetres long. As it is, the sheer scale of the sculpture makes this an object of much greater interest. The monochrome treatment and strong lead-in composition create aesthetic appeal, especially with the addition of the starling flock neatly framed at the bottom-left (try covering them up to see how much balance they add to the composition). This photo is of a man-made object that depicts a natural subject: it's interesting how it depends on the birds to bring it to life.
  • Photographers Comment
  • Thank you for honouring me with this prize. I don't dedícate to bird photography but I was very afortunated when I saw those starlings on that monument near my home. Fortunately I was able to run home, get my camera and go back and shoot them while they were flying from ground level up to that monument's head, and catch them just in the right place. My name is Joseba Iriarte, I am an amateur photographer from Vitoria-Gasteiz, basque country, Spain. I used a canon 80D camera with a canon 55-250 ISII lens, and processed it in Lightroom.
  • www.josebairiarte.com
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • A scene we'd all love to come across while out walking
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This heron's eyes really grab the attention, then hand it over to the insects it's being plagued by
  • Photographers Comment
  • This beautiful Green Heron was guarding her nest and made eye contact with me, as i photographed her, in seconds.... Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico. Canon 6D, 400 mm Gracias
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • An intriguing line-up of bee-eaters that makes you wonder what they're looking at below
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • A great backdrop colour to make this hummingbird look at home
  • Photographers Comment
  • I'm grateful to have received this honor. I found this male Anna's Hummingbird and others flitting around the wild currant blossoms in the local wildlife refuge (Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge) located in Oregon. They bring me such joy. Canon 1D MkIV, Canon 100-400 lens.
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • A pin-sharp Pintail enjoying a bath in lovely light