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Canon 'Wildlife' Competition Winner Announced

Canon 'Wildlife' Competition Winner Announced - The winner of the Canon EOS 70D in our 'Wildlife' competition has been announced. Find out more here.

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The Hunter
'The Hunter' by ianrobinson

The winner of the Canon EOS 70D we had up for grabs in our September 'Wildlife' competition has been announced. 

Congratulations go to ianrobinson, for his stunning image 'The Hunter', of a barn owl flying low over some reeds. 

The image was taken in Rocklands, Norfolk. "Rocklands is a wonderful place for all types of raptor", says Ian. "The best time to see raptors is from January to March as they are forced to come out in the day to feed."

"I was camouflaged, with a net over myself and the camera, to take the shot", says Ian. "I had to wait for about an hour in the treeline for the owl to appear. I positioned myself specifically to capture the beautiful light on the wings."

Ian is in cabinetry by trade, but has always been into photography. His passion for the subject was sparked five years ago by a friend. "I have always been an artistic person and have always loved wildlife, so I married the two together", says Ian. 

Ian has a few top tips for anyone looking to have a go at owl and raptor photography:
  • A long lens is essential. It doesn't have to be terribly expensive, but it does help. 
  • Use camouflage, and get there earlier than your subject is due to arrive to avoid scaring them away. I hugged the treeline for this shot, for extra cover. 
  • Patience is key, and this is why it helps to research the behaviour of the subject, so you know when and where it's likely to appear. 
Congratulations to all those shortlisted too, your images all summed up the 'Wildlife' theme perfectly. Take a look at the competition page to see all the shortlisted entries. 

Well done Ian, and enjoy your new camera! To see more stunning Canon images, take a look at the Canon Gallery

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congratulations - fine shot !

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derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2013 3:05PM
Congratulations Ian. A worthy winner.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2013 3:39PM
Well done!

SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
2 Oct 2013 4:13PM
Everything about this shot is beautiful. The light on the wings gives a look of porcelain and the rimlight around the head is fabulous. I could go on, but a very worthy winner.
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2013 6:18PM
A well-deserved winner that is made even more impressive by the explanation of the planning and understanding that went into it. Not only are you fortunate to have such opportunity but have the skill to take advantage.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
2 Oct 2013 6:33PM
Well done Ian.....Very deserving and I hope you enjoy that new camera.....Jammy git! Tongue

ianrobinson Plus
8 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2013 7:12PM
Wow wow and wow again, I am truly humbled to have won this competition as there were so many brilliant shots taken.
Thank you for your kind words everyone, I don't think it has quite sunk in yet Tongue.

morbec 4 United States
2 Oct 2013 9:49PM
Congratulations Ian!
2 Oct 2013 10:06PM
A worthy winner Ian ,outstanding capture & excellent light on the wings ,enjoy your new camera and perhaps you can give us all a review on it.


Well deserved!!

The translucence of the wings is beautiful.

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NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
3 Oct 2013 8:11AM
Lovely to see a true out in the wild image win...........well deserved........patience is a virtue........Grin

Best Regards

Julia @Natures Haven
trevillyn 9 1 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2013 8:33AM
Brilliant Ian,
My main subject is birds in flight, so I fully appreciate this beautiful shot. I'd like to see the camera settings.
Congratulations, John
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2013 11:52AM
Congrats. Ian......well done !!
ianrobinson Plus
8 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2013 1:38PM
Thank you all very much for the comments I am pleased as punch as you can imagine.
Hi John, the exif data for this shot is as follows.

Brand: Canon 5D Mk iii
Lens: Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 os apo dg hsm + sigma 2x extender
Recording media: RAW (digital)
Date Taken: 19 Feb 2013 - 4:37 PM
Focal Length: 600mm
Lens Max Aperture: f/5.7
Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter Speed: 1/1250sec
Exposure Comp: 0.0
ISO: 500
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Multi-segment
Flash: Off, Did not fire
White Balance: Auto

Plus my usual tweaking in Lightroom 4 and Cs5
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2013 3:40PM
Congratulations - just stunning in that light!
mwoods 13 21 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2013 12:58AM
A fantastic result, Ian. Well done. Love it.

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