A wonderful HBW World Bird Photo Contest had been organized on December 7th 2011 which continued till March 26th 2012. The winners of this contest have been announced recently. The main goal of this competition is to promote and spread knowledge about birds.
This competition also invigorates the creativity in the art of photography. The contest was basically focused on the conservation of birds and their inhabitants, and there must not be any so much digital editing.
This contest has achieved a large success by receiving more than 12,000 photos from over 128 countries submitted by 3,600 photographers, skilled or unskilled. The images that were presented contain more than 3,000 bird species from 154 countries. 3 winning photos, 10 honorable mentions and 4 special prizes were selected by the panel of judges.
4 Special Prizes
- Best Threatened Species Photo: Dubi Shapiro, USA. “In the air” (Marvellous Spatuletail, Loddigesia mirabilis).
- Best Digiscoped Photo: Pete Morris, UK. “At the nest” (Helmet Vanga, Euryceros prevostii).
- Best Compact Camera Photo: Jakob Hochuli, Switzerland. “Dotterel” (Eurasian Dotterel, Charadrius morinellus).
10 Honorable mentions
- Antero Topp, Finland. “Quelea jam” (Red-billed Quelea, Quelea quelea).
- Keith Williams, Canada. “Spring snowstorm” (Tree Swallow, Tachycineta bicolor).
- Cornelius Foley, Singapore. “For the chicks” (Red-bearded Bee-eater, Nyctyornis amictus).
- Eugenijus Kavaliauskas, Lithuania. “Preparing for lift-off” (Corncrake, Crex crex).
- Ron McCombe, United Kingdom. “Extreme foraging” (Red Grouse, Lagopus lagopus scoticus).
- Philip Perry, Swaziland. “Instant” (Lappet-faced Vulture, Torgos tracheliotus)
- Rosa Shieh, Taiwan. “Not afraid of attack” (Crested Honey-buzzard, Pernis ptilorhyncus).
- Harri Taavetti, Finland. “Coming through!” (Steller’s Eider, Polysticta stelleri).
- Chris Fallows, South Georgia. “Underwater assassins” (Cape Gannet, Sula capensis).
- Jaime Rojo, Mexico. “In the mist” (Gentoo Penguin, Pygoscelis papua).
Top winners of this contest:-
- Third prize: Walter Nussbaumer, Canada. “Calliope shuttle display” (Calliope Hummingbird, Stellula calliope).
- Second prize: Mike Murray, USA. “Surfacing” (Common Loon, Gavia immer).
- First prize: Cristóbal Serrano, Spain. “Shoal of Life” (Pelagic Cormorant, Phalacrocorax pelagicus).