Well what can I say other than the fact I am delighted to announce that my photograph ‘A Perfect Landing’ was picked as the winner in the Birds in Flight category in Bird Photographer of the Year 2017.
This is a relatively new competition, but don’t let that deceive you. The standard and the number of entries has been truly remarkable. In fact, in my category alone, names such as Bence Mate, Jamie Hall, Paul Hobson, Georgina Steytler (a seasoned Aussie pro) and Pål Hermansen all featured. These guys are all at the top of their game and to win this award, with such fierce competition, is a fantastic reward for all my hard work over the last few years.
Of course there will be a lot of differences in opinion when it comes to photography competitions, some people might not rate the winners and others will rave out about them. The key thing here, is that any photograph is subjective, and it must be made clear that the winners are picked by a select judging panel.
Congratulations must go to all of the winners and also all of those who made it into the stunning book! You can buy a copy of the book here.
I was delighted to receive my award at the ceremony, held at Birdfair in Rutland Water, and for the incredible support I have since received. I was extremely fortunate to be picked to appear on the One Show (on BBC1) and briefly talk about my image.
It really feels that this is another step towards the dream of becoming a professional wildlife photographer. I really couldn’t have made it this far without the support of my family, girlfriend and a lot of determination. For all of those who have helped me along the way, I can only say thank you for the opportunities and the advice.
If anyone would like to join me on a one-to-one workshop, or join me on a dedicated photographic tour (in partnership with Wildlife Worldwide) you can find out more here.