What a stunning photo of a Madagascan Helmet Vanga (Euryceros prevostii) by Pete Morris – just one of the 2000-odd photos entered in to the 2010 Swarovski Digiscoper of the Year competition. There were tons of awesome photos but, naturally, not every great photo can be amongst the winners (see the DOY Backstory here; and an interview with the winner here). Here are a few that stood out to me personally at various stages over the months of the competition.
This wonderful Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) shows lovely colours and depth. I have a thing for Snow Bunting photos (see some of my favorites here) but I think many will agree that this is a wonderful photo.
This Banded Demoiselle photo (a Damselfly) was one of my absolute favorites from the day I first saw it. I still love it. Great lines, colours and depth.
Another one of my favorites from the beginning. The composition appeals to me. And the stark colours. I am really looking forward to seeing what Andrea enters this year – he had a good few photos this year that I thought had a real touch of style and I think that he has the potential to do wonders with digiscoping – I can hardly wait.
Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) waiting for a medical examination – a moment captured, what more can I say. Image captured by Isabel Rodríguez Ruiz who won 6th place in the 2009 Digiscoper of the Year. It is really worth checking out her stunning gallery: http://www.isabelfotos.com/
Just look at those colours – how to make a little brown job look spectacular!
Now that is a great moment to capture – a Little Owl (Athene noctua) playing funny faces. Those colours are great too.
I could really do this for hours, go through the thousands of photos entered in the Digiscoper of the Year, pull out wonderful photos and adore them. If you want to try it out yourself, all the photos are here: http://2010.digiscoperoftheyear.com/en/the-pictures Take a look, you wont regret it.