Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 Announced
The National History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine ran a competition for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009. Many participants entered with a staggering 43,135 entries from 94 different countries. This is a 33% increase from last year’s entries. Competition manager, Gemma Webster said “while the UK and US remain our major source of entrants, the greatest growth in entries is happening in China and Russia.” The National History Museum will be showing the top 100 pictures and these will go on display from October 23rd 2009. One of the judges of the competition, Mark Hardy who stars in BBC’s Last Chance to See said “These pictures are the best of the best. We’re finding digital cameras are increasing the quality of the shots as the photographers can change elements such as the exposure while they are still in the field.”
The winner who now holds the title, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 is Jose Luis Rodrigues from Spain. Jose’s photograph was of an Iberian wolf jumping a fence intent on his dinner. He said “I’m terribly happy – this picture defines my career. I had dreamt about taking a picture like this for years but I could only realise my vision now with the help of electronic and infrared technology.”
British home-grown photographer, Danny Green won the title “Nature Black and White”. He won the title with the photograph titled ‘Starling Wave’. “This image was the result of a long-term winter project. I had been commissioned for a couple of days work by the RSPB but ended up spending months pursuing the perfect image. I had visited Somerset, the West Pier in Brighton and Norfolk but in the end settled on this huge roost in Gretna Green. At its peak there were 1.5million birds in the sky.” Commented Danny Green. He concluded that black and white imagery was amongst his favourite style of photography as he ‘loves the bleakness and the contrast in the shot.’ Many people are left flummoxed at how he managed to capture the starlings. He used a slow shutter speed to emphasise the swooping movement of the bird’s flight. The black and white photo which won the award is a picture of an impressive black cloud containing hundreds of thousands of starlings. They were swerving and diving in panic as a marauding peregrine falcon was swooping in.
Another homegrown talent was Fergus Gill who aged 16 years old won the 15-17year old category. He took a gorgeous picture of two yellowhammers fighting over a sheaf of oats on a winters day. Judge Mark Hardy commends the photograph saying “this picture really leapt out at us. You first see the yellowhammer on the left and then realise there is another bird on the right. It has perfect composition.” If you are interested in visiting the exhibition at The National History Museum, it runs until 11th April 2010. For more information and to find out about opening times visit www.nhm.ac.uk.
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Source: www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1222063/Wildlife-Photographer-Year-2009-won-leaping-wolf.html 26th October 2009