HBW World Bird Photo Contest - winners announced

30 May 2012 - 17:23 -- Ferran Gil

The winners of HBW World Bird Photo Contest have just been announced. The competition took place from December 7th 2011 to March 26th 2012. It aimed to encourage and disseminate knowledge about birds, while at the same time inspiring creativity in the art of photography. To

these ends, the contest’s focus was on photography that is ethical, grounded in the utmost respect for the conservation of birds and their habitats, and without unnecessary digital manipulation.

The contest has been a huge success with more than 12,000 photos submitted by 3,600 photographers, both professional and amateur, from over 128 countries. The images submitted feature more than 3,000 bird species from 154 countries.

The jury has selected 3 winning photos, 10 honourable mentions and 4 special prizes. Take a look at the stunning photographs!

Click here to read the press release.

First prize: Cristóbal Serrano, Spain.Shoal of Life” (Pelagic Cormorant, Phalacrocorax pelagicus).


Second prize: Mike Murray, USA.Surfacing” (Common Loon, Gavia immer).


Third prize: Walter Nussbaumer, Canada.Calliope shuttle display” (Calliope Hummingbird, Stellula calliope).


10 Honourable Mention prizes:

Jaime Rojo, Mexico. “In the mist” (Gentoo Penguin, Pygoscelis papua).


Chris Fallows, South Georgia. “Underwater assassins” (Cape Gannet, Sula capensis).


Harri Taavetti, Finland. “Coming through!” (Steller's Eider, Polysticta stelleri).


Rosa Shieh, Taiwan. “Not afraid of attack” (Crested Honey-buzzard, Pernis ptilorhyncus).


Philip Perry, Swaziland. “Instant” (Lappet-faced Vulture, Torgos tracheliotus)


Ron McCombe, United Kingdom. “Extreme foraging” (Red Grouse, Lagopus lagopus scoticus).


Eugenijus Kavaliauskas, Lithuania. “Preparing for lift-off” (Corncrake, Crex crex).


Cornelius Foley, Singapore. “For the chicks” (Red-bearded Bee-eater, Nyctyornis amictus).


Keith Williams, Canada. “Spring snowstorm” (Tree Swallow, Tachycineta bicolor).


Antero Topp, Finland. “Quelea jam” (Red-billed Quelea, Quelea quelea).


4 Special Prizes in the following categories:

Best Compact Camera Photo: Jakob Hochuli, Switzerland. “Dotterel” (Eurasian Dotterel, Charadrius morinellus).


Best Digiscoped Photo: Pete Morris, UK. “At the nest” (Helmet Vanga, Euryceros prevostii).


Best Threatened Species Photo: Dubi Shapiro, Israel. “In the air” (Marvellous Spatuletail, Loddigesia mirabilis).


Best Vox Populi Photo (*): Kit Day, UK. “Together” (Little Bee-eater, Merops pusillus).

(*) This category was selected by the public who voted via an online system of selecting the best of two randomly presented images, thus ensuring that the results could not be manipulated.