The 2007 Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards ceremony tooked place in London, revealing the winners of this prestigious global competition.
Held annually, the competition (owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine, and is sponsored by Shell) aims to find the best wildlife pictures taken by photographers worldwide of all ages.
The overall award-winner of Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year receives a big cash prize and the coveted title Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and, the winner is…
Ben Osborne with his picture Elephant Creation
Made with: Canon EOS 1D Mark II N + 70-200mm f2.8 lens (set at 135mm); 1/50 sec at f5; ISO 400; beanbag.
On the other hand, there was also an owerall prize of the Shell Wildlife Young Photogrpaher of the Year, which was revarded to Patrick Corning (United Kingdom) for his image Monkey moment, made with Nikon D50 + 75-300mm f4.5-5.6 lens; 1/40 sec at f5.6; ISO 200; tripod.
Special Award include:
Eric Hosking Award – This category, named after the famous British wildlife photographer Eric Hosking, aims to encourage and promote young photographers aged from 18 to 26. An entry comprises a portfolio of six pictures that demonstrates a range of ability.
This one goes to: Bence MÃ¡tÃ©
– using Nikon D200 + Nikon MF 300mm f2.8 lens and Nikon TC-301 extender; 1/1000 sec at f5.6; tripod; hide.
Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Wildlife – The award is given to the best image of a species officially listed in the 2005 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable or lower risk at an international or national level.
This one goes to: Roy Toft, and, Highly Commended pictures of Andy Rouse, Jeff Yonover, Wade Hughes
Canon 1D Mark II + Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS lens; 1/20 sec at f6.3; ISO 800.
One Earth Award – This is a new award, which seeks to highlight the interaction between humans and the natural world. Images should demonstrate the power and resilience of our planet and its impact on us. They can also show our connection with, dependence or effect on the natural world. Images can be graphic or symbolic, but must be thought-provoking, memorable and encourage respect for our world.
An amazing shoot at the moon while a plane crosses the view: Canon EOS 20D + 500mm f4 IS lens and 2x teleconverter; 1/50 sec at f8; ISO 800; tripod.
Highly Commented: Angie Scott
Then, the adult awards also included more categories:
Animal Behaviour: Birds – Louis-Marie PrÃ©au
Animal Behaviour: Mammals – Johan J Botha
Animal Behaviour: All Other Animals – Amos Nachoum
The Underwater World – Felipe Barrio
Animal Portraits – Sergey Gorshkov
In Praise of Plants – Bob McCallion
Urban and Garden Wildlife – Danny C Green
Wild Places – Robert Knight
Animals in their Environment – Paul Nicklen
Nature in Black and White – Thomas P. Peschak
Creative Visions of Nature – Ben Osborne (see the overall winner above)
This year’s collection of stunning wildlife photographs representing the best images taken by the top nature photographers around the world will be exhibited at the Natural History Museum in London, daily 10.00-17.50 (last entry 17.15). It is also open until 22.00 during After Hours, on the last Friday of every month from November 2007 to April 2008.
Come and join a Nature Li’ve session at the Natural History Museum where you will meet award-winners from this year’s prestigious Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition and find out about their work, experiences and techniques.
Choose your favourite image from the 2007 winners. Also, you can now select a favourite image and customise it with your choice of size, frame, canvas and art paper. The resulting quality print will then be delivered to your door. In addition to the print on demand, you can also get your hands on a wide range of gifts accompanying the exhibition, including notepads, postcards, books, calendars and fridge magnets.
As for the future, the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008 Competition launches mid January. Full entry details, categories and rules, will be emailed to you in January.
Closing date for postal entries – Monday 24th March 2008
Closing date for online entries – Monday 31st March 2008
Get your camera ready!
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