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Marwell Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Winner

Marwell Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Winner - The winner of the Marwell Wildlife Photographer of the Year has been announced.

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Kingfisher Diving - Tom Way
'Kingfisher Diving' by Tom Way

The winner of the Marwell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has been announced. 

Tom Way was awarded 'Adult Overall Winner', for his image 'Kingfisher Diving'. The 25 year old from Iver in Buckinghamshire was delighted to win the title, he said: "Normally all you see of a kingfisher is a flash of blue along the river bank. To have the opportunity to photograph this small bird exploding from the water in 1/15th of a second was a great thrill."

Tom has won the top prize which is trip to Sweden with professional photographer Nick Garbutt, courtesy of Wildlife Worldwide as well as a range of top photography equipment.

The apian way Emily Swettenham
'The Apian Way' by Emily Swettenham

This year’s ‘Junior Overall Winner’ was Emily Swettenham, a 15 year old from Petersfield. Her stunning image ‘The Apian Way’ shows a bee in incredible detail.

Emily said: "I called it The Apian way because it shows bees at work - it's taken at a National Trust property in Stourhead. I knew there was a garden that attracted bees so one hot day this summer I spent some time there considering the composition."

This year’s judges included Award-winning professional wildlife photographer, author and lecturer Heather Angel and Deputy Editor of Practical Photography Magazine Ben Hawkins. Wildlife Television Producer and Presenter Philippa Forrester also helped to judge the Junior Categories.

This is the fourth year Marwell has run Wildlife Photographer of the Year. During this time, judges have seen thousands of stunning images from professional, amateur and young photographers alike.

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sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2013 11:13AM

Quote:To have the opportunity to photograph this small bird exploding from the water in 1/15th of a second was a great thrill

Umm, 1/15th of a second - really?

I do feel uncomfortable with these images which often require baiting the kingfishers dive into a confined container. Its still very skillful, but I worry about the ethics of such a practice, and the welfare of the birds themselves. Of course this technique may not have been used in this shot...

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franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2013 11:42AM
Obviously taken with a long zoom. I can't see how it would be that sharp at 1/15th second.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
4 Oct 2013 1:15PM
Just goes to show what the judges know about photography......1/15 of a sec.....Hogswash! I ain't taking anything away from the image, perhaps it's a typo, but you'd be lucky to get the image this sharp at 1/1500 second!!!!
4 Oct 2013 3:48PM
Try 1/3200 more like for freezing it in a dive, this could have been done a little slower however 1/1500 even if it is a typo is still rather slow, nice image though

We have being trying to do this recently, but baiting the area where the bird normally dives with fish pellets(no container) however the depth of field at 840mm even at 30metres is still quite shallow

Many images like this though are done with relatively short focal lengths of 300mm with the camera being in close proximity and fired remotely

The bird leaves its perch and within the blink of an eye is back on its perch with a catch
Great image - being doing a lot of these lately and no way can you achieve this with 1/15 must be a typo or the photgrapher could have just stuck his memory card into a set up not knowing what it doing! Hoping it was just a typo

As for Sherlob's comment, if the kingfisher didn't like it, then it wouldn't return- Just like hanging out peanuts for tits/finches in your garden
ianrobinson Plus
8 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2013 11:18PM
I wonder if he meant 1/15th of a second for the Bird to explode from the water not his shutter speed, clearly it would be impossible to get this image at a shutter speed of 1/15th.
This is how I read it anyway.

Great shot and very difficult to achieve, a worthy winner in my eyes.
paddyman 9 66 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2013 2:05PM
I think you will find it is a typo, i have met Tom spent 2 days on the Farne islands 2 years ago in his company, also met him at the Shoreham airshow where he was selling his work prints etc in the craft tent,He is a good young photographer and would never harm any animal in anyway.
Check out his web site http://www.tomwayphotography.co.uk/

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