Friday, October 14, 2011

More Brilliant Wildlife Photography

2011 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Winner
 Daniel Beltrá (Spain)
Still life in oil
Crude oil trickles off the feathers of the rescued brown pelicans, turning the white lining sheets into a sticky, stinking mess. The pelicans are going through the first stage of cleaning at a temporary bird-rescue facility in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. They've already been sprayed with a light oil to break up the heavy crude trapped in their feathers, which has turned their normally pale heads orange and their brown and grey feathers mahogany.

Racket-tail in the rain by Petr Simon. Addicted to photographing hummingbirds Petr spent two weeks in Ecuador getting the shots recorded

The charge by Eric Pierre. A herd of Muskoxen, spooked by wolves, charge the photographer in the snow in Canada.

Extreme foraging by Ron McCombe. A female Red Grouse scavenges for seeds in -10 degrees on the Scottish Borders.

Balancing act by Joel Sartore. A mountain goat carries out a death-defying manoeuvre for a mineral lick in Glacier National Park, Montana.

The brilliant Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2011, run by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine, opens on the 21st October when the winners are announced. I enjoy this annual treat of the best in wildlife pictures from environmental photographers world wide. They are always truly stunning works by dedicated cameramen and women. Here are just a few of the highly commended section.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Brit Wildlife Photo Awards

Champagne Starlings by David Biggs

Mystical Deer by Mark Smith

Standing Room Only by Philip Kirk
Tabby Cat with Blackbird Nestling by Doug Mackenzie

One of the compensations for me of slipping into Autumn are the photographic awards. Around the globe guys and gals in tuxedos and party gear are quaffing Bolly celebrating great photography.
First up is British Wildlife Photography. Thousands enter and a few are chosen to be published in a beautiful coffee table art book for posterity. The winners get shown in a free exhibition at Alexandra Palace in England before embarking on a nationwide tour sponsored by a whole raft of worthies.
These are just a few of this year's pictures.