PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED:

Alan Jones from Midlothian, Scotland with this winning image, Red-billed Oxpecker (Image credit: Alan Jones)
Red-Billed Oxpecker on buffalo wins annual birding photography contest

The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers (SINWP) has announced the winners of the SINWP Bird Photographer of the Year 2021, which, now in its fourth year, is run in aid of the charity RSPB.

This year saw over 1,700 photographs entered from around the globe, and the images covered all wonders of the bird world from kingfishers, bald eagles, puffins and peacocks.

It was Alan Jones from Midlothian, Scotland who won the competition, with his shot of a Red-billed Oxpecker sat on a buffalo’s face.

The bird is a Red-billed Oxpecker, which is sitting on a buffalo’s face. Oxpeckers feed exclusively on the bodies of large mammals. It seems the jury is still out on whether they do the animal more harm than good. The buffalo appears to tolerate oxpeckers while other species will not.”

Alan shot the image was taken with a Canon EOS 70D and Canon 100-400mm IS II USM lens at 100mm, using a manual exposure mode, 1/125sec at f/5.6, at ISO 1600.

2nd Place – Kevin Nash. Shot with Nikon D6 with  Nikon 500mm f/4 lens (Image credit: Kevin Nash)
3rd Place – Colin Bradshaw. Shot in Wiltshire, UK, with Nikon D850 and Nikon 300mm f/4E PF ED VR AF-S. (Image credit: Colin Bradshaw)

View all the winning images and find out more on the SINWP website.

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The World Is Going Upside Down – Overall Winner, Animal Behavior Winner
© Thomas Vijayan / Nature TTL

Vijayan explained, “After spending a few days in Borneo, I got this frame stuck in my mind. To get this shot, I selected a tree that was in the water, so that I could get a good reflection of the sky and its leaves on the tree. The water formed a mirror, making the image look upside-down. Then I climbed up on the tree and waited for hours. This is a regular path for the orangutans to use, so patience would surely pay off.”

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© Johan Wandrag / Nature TTL
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© Fanny Reed / Nature TTL
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© James Gifford / Nature TTL
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The Eye – The Night Sky Winner
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Nature TTL Photographer of the Year Winners
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© Mohammad Murad / Nature TTL
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© Thomas Easterbrook / Nature TTL
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