Birds by Jacek Żbikowski

Birds by Jacek Żbikowski

Обыкновенный канюк
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Обыкновенный фламинго
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Камышівка звычайна
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Красноголовый нырок
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Birds by Jacek Żbikowski
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Trees from the Smithsonian Photo Contest 2018

A day in the Japanese Gardens in Portland, OR
by Craig Bill
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A Tree Dreaming
by Christian Spencer
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Foggy morning on the lake.
by Robert Graham
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Swamp lands deep inside the Florida Everglades.
by Clane Gessel
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Surreal winter lollipops
by Matas Jūras
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Zion “Shoe Tree.” Zion National Park, Utah
by Kent LeFevre
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Trees from the Smithsonian Photo Contest 2018
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018

View the winning images selected by our international jury. Wildlife Photographer of the Year champions ethical photography. Images are chosen for their artistic composition, technical innovation and truthful interpretation of the natural world.

Grand title winner
Marsel van Oosten, The Netherlands
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Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018
Grand title winner
Skye Meaker, South Africa
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Highly commended 2018
Urban Wildlife
Felix Heintzenberg, Germany / Sweden
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Highly commended 2018
Behaviours Birds
Jess Findlay, Canada
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Winner 2018
Creative Visions
Cristobal Serrano, Spain
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Winner 2018
10 Years and Under
Arshdeep Singh, India
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018
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Elevate Your Bird Photography Game

Elevate Your Bird Photography Game with our FREE 26-page guide featuring photography tips from world-renowned bird photographer and Olympus Visionary Scott Bourne, gear recommendations and more!

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The Olympus Guide to Shooting Pretty Darn Sweet Bird Photos
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Wild Exposures

Witness nature at its most dramatic, graceful and unexpected with this stunning collection of breathtaking photographs celebrating the natural heritage of the bioregions of Australia and New Zealand, the Antarctic and New Guinea.
This year’s Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition showcases the timing, patience, artistry and technique of professional, emerging and junior photographers as they capture spectacular moments in time.

Broken Dreams
Runner-up, Landscape
Broken Dreams was from one of my most rewarding but confronting shoots. After the Sampson Flat bushfires swept through the northern Adelaide Hills, I spent a lot of time shooting the aftermath and rebirth during the following year. This particular early morning shoot brought with it fog and an amazing mood.
Gumeracha, South Australia
Sony A7R, Sony 55mm, 1/5, f/10, ISO 100, tripod
by Ben Goode
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Hide and seek
Overall Winner
I travelled to Raja Ampat mainly to visit the stunning Arborek Jetty. If you are really lucky you can observe schools of fish and I spent some time under the jetty. At one point, predators moved in and I was mesmerised by the chase between predator and prey.
Arborek Jetty, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Nikon D3S, Nikon 16mm, 1/250, f/4.5, ISO 250, Ikelite 161 strobe, Seacam housing
by Tracey Jennings
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Posing Black-fronted Dotterels
Winner, Animal Behaviour
Black-fronted dotterel
Elseyornis melanops
These two black-fronted dotterels seemed to want to pose for me, but I think they might have had something else in mind.
Charleville, Queensland
Nikon D800, Nikon 500mm f/4.0 with 1.4 converter, 1/400, f/5.6, ISO 500, tripod
by Dan Giselsson
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Winner, Animal Habitat and Portfolio Prize
White’s seahorse
Hippocampus whitei
Low evening sunlight backlights White’s seahorse. Many of this species can be found living on the shallow shark nets beneath the boardwalk in Mosman, Sydney Harbour.
Mosman, New South Wales
Nikon D810, Nikkor 8–15mm F3.5–4.5 E ED, 1/125, f/29, ISO 160, two INON Z240 strobes, Aquatica digital water housing and 4-inch glass port
by Matthew Smith
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Junction Falls -After
Winner, Monochrome
In a matter of seconds, Junction Falls went from a trickle to a roaring wall of thundering stormwater on a wet afternoon. I was fortunate to be there to capture the amazing transformation. Shortly after this shot, the embedded log completely disappeared from view.
Junction Falls, Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Canon EOS 1DS Mk III, Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8, 0.6, f/8, ISO 100, tripod
by Peter Hill
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Wild Exposures

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The 7 Elements of a Great Bird Photograph

In order to create beautiful images of birds on a consistent basis it is important to understand the many elements that combine to make a good photo. This includes: exposure, composition, light, sharpness, perch, pose, and background. However, these components are not absolute rules that must be followed in every image. As a matter of fact, some of the best images are those that break some of the rules or that are “outside of the box”. Nevertheless, understanding these 7 elements as a starting point will inevitably lead to better bird images.

There is no one recipe that can be followed when it comes to creating beautiful images of birds. In fact, the most sensational images are often those that surprise us or that show us something we have never seen before. Nevertheless, these seven elements can be used as a guide to help us create consistently stunning images of birds in their natural environment.
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The 7 Elements of a Great Bird Photograph
By Glenn Bartley

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Wildlife Worldwide Photography Competition 2018

We are delighted to announce that the first ever Wildlife Worldwide Photography Competition is now open for entries.

This new competition is FREE to enter and open to everyone. There are three different categories to enter, each with its own focus: Wildlife Portraits — Animal Action — Wildlife Portfolio
The winner of each category will win a fantastic prize from one of our sponsors, with the overall winner picked from one of the three category winners.

The Main Prize
A 5-day photography trip to Slovenia’s Dinaric Alps to photograph brown bear…

The overall winner of the competition will win a trip to Slovenia to photograph bears, while staying in a comfortable guesthouse in the Dinaric Alps. This 5-day trip will allow you to build a stunning portfolio of images from a range of purpose-built hides in the beautiful surrounds of the Notransjka region in southern Slovenia.

Closing date:
You have until 11.59 pm GMT on Friday 30th November 2018 to enter.

Enter at Wildlife Worldwide Photography Competition