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Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners 2012.

19/10/2011 17:55:46
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Young Wildlife Photographer of The Year - 10 Years and Under winner. Alien - By Hui Yu Kim (Malaysia)/ Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011

Winners of the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 announced

October 2011. The winners of the internationally respected Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition 2011 have been announced. The title of Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year was presented to Daniel Beltrá from Spain for Still life in oil, a striking image of eight brown pelicans rescued from an oil spill, from his six-image portfolio for the Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year Award.

Daniel took the image at a temporary bird-rescue facility in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. He describes how ‘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. They've already been sprayed with a light oil to break up the heavy crude trapped in their feathers', making them look discoloured.

Chair of the judging panel, Mark Carwardine, described the image as ‘a strong environmental statement, technical perfection and a work of art all rolled into one. The sheer simplicity of this powerful image makes it really beautiful and shocking at the same time.'

Winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the
Year. Still life in oil by Daniel Beltrá / Veolia
Environnement Wildlife Photographer of
the Year 2011.

The international judging panel of respected wildlife experts and nature photographers reviewed more than 40,000 entries from aspiring amateurs and established professional photographers from all corners of the earth. As a sign of the competition's growing international reach, this year saw first-time submissions from countries as far afield as Cambodia, Moldova, Brunei and Kyrgyzstan. There was also a notable increase in photographs submitted from countries such as India, China and Russia.

Now in its 47th year, the competition is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine and is sponsored by Veolia Environnement. It is internationally recognised for taking a lead in the artistic representation of the natural world and continues to be held in high esteem with a reputation for being the Oscars of the wildlife photographic calendar.

Enter the 2012 competition
Photographers can enter next year's competition from 5 December 2011. For further details about the competition and its various categories, or to enter online, please visit www.nhm.ac.uk/wildphoto 

Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine 

animal portrasits - highly commended

White Fella

Marc McCormack (Australia)/ Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011.

There is a well known white Humpback whale that appears off the coast of Queensland every year. Known as Migaloo, he was first seen in 1991. 

ALBINISM, LEUCISM AND OTHER COLOUR VARIATIONS IN ANIMALS

Leucism is a very unusual condition whereby the pigmentation cells in an animal or bird fail to develop properly. This can result in unusual white patches appearing on the animal, or, more rarely, completely white creatures.

Albinism is a different condition. The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is that in albinism the eyes are usually pink or red, and albinism affects the entire animal, not just patches.

This occassionaly causes very excited biologists to think they have discovered a new species, when in fact leucism is the cause of the unusual markings they have seen. Click here to see our gallery of leucistic animals and birds

Animals in their Environment - Highly commended

Dawn stars

Kah Kit Yoong (Australia)/ Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011


Exhibition information for visitors

Dates and times: 21 October 2011 – 11 March 2012, 10.00–17.50
Visitor enquiries: 020 7942 5000
Admission: Gift Aid admission* adult £9, concessions £4.50, family £24 (up to two adults
and three children). Free for Members, Patrons and children under four
Nearest tube: South Kensington

* If you are a UK taxpayer and pay the Gift Aid admission ticket price, the Natural History Museum can reclaim the tax on the whole ticket price you pay. For every £100 worth of tickets sold, we can claim an extra £25 from Government.

This means you can further support the work of the Museum. The standard admission charges are adult £8, concessions £4 and family £21. The right of entry is the same for visitors with or without the voluntary donation.

Behaviour: Birds - Runner up. Wings of a gull by Jan van der Greef (The Netherlands)/ Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011



Underwater World - Runner up - Salmon swipe by Paul Souders (USA)/ Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011

 


 Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year - 10 years and under winner.

Alien - by Hui Yu Kim (Malaysia)/ Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011

 


Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Wildlife supported by ARKive - Runner up
Tiny warm-up - By Cyril Ruoso (France)/ Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011

Read the comments about this article and leave your own comment

Photographer of the Year and Photoshop

Thanks for clearing that one up Ollie. It's nice to know that those of us old fogies who's pension doesn't stretch to Photoshop et al can still aspire to take such stunning images as these. Congratulations to all the winners.

Posted by: Jack Lindsey | 21 Oct 2011 16:38:44

Photographer of the Year and Photoshop

Jack Lindsey,

More often than we would all like to you you are correct, however in the photogrpaher of the year awards photoshop is not allowed (beyond minor tweaks to contrast, stauration etc.. all of which can be executed on film images), in order to demonstrate the level of input you are requried to submit the original unaltered RAW or Jpeg file in support of your entry.

So luckily with this competition you can enjoy the images safe in the knowlege that they are skill and a bit of luck and not computer wizardry. I think that's one of the reasons this competition is still so special.

Posted by: Ollie Clarke | 21 Oct 2011 15:54:19

Photographer Of The Year 2011

O.K., I know that I'm a (very) old reactionary, but would I be right in thinking that some of the photographs owe almost as much to Photoshop et al as to the actual camera work?

Posted by: Jack Lindsey | 21 Oct 2011 14:40:39

whale and dolphin hotspot

HI, where in particular in Cornwall is the best place to see Whales or Dolphins, my wife and i, would like to holiday in Cornwall, but, at the same time, be able to see some sea life.

Posted by: Steve Rider | 18 Oct 2011 11:22:25

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