Calling all photographers! Enter your best bird images into this exciting photo competition and help raise vital funds for The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers is pleased to announce that the Bird Photographer of the Year Competition in aid of RSPB is back for its 3rd year running.

Colin Jones The Societies Company Director says, “We are really excited to announce the competition is back for 2020. We are asking for a small donation of £1 per image and 100% of this donation goes straight to the RSPB to help them protect wildlife and the wider countryside you love.”

He continues, “Not only are we looking forward to seeing all your wonderful images, we are also looking forward to helping the RSPB and with your help hopefully we can make a sizeable donation.”

The competition closes on 30 September 2020. So don’t delay and enter your images today.

The Bird Photographer of the Year in aid of RSPB competition is proudly supported by Aaduki Multimedia Insurance, PermaJet, The Societies of Photographers,

Enter here: http://sinwp.com/bird/

See our article on the SWPP here.

Prizes

Overall Winner

  • Bird Photographer of the Year 2020 Trophy and Certificate
  • Permajet Portrait White 285 A3 (25 sheets) (valued at £63.95) – Sponsored by Permajet
  • Permajet Snapshut Folio – A3 Landscape, Leather, Cream, 25mm Spine (valued at £57.95) – Sponsored by Permajet
  • Tasco 10×25 Binoculars (valued at £15)
  • One year Free Professional Membership to SINWP- which includes: entry to all of our membership only competitions – unrestricted access to our members’ photography forum – access to our members only Facebook group – listing on our directory – qualifications and distinctions through submission of images – the winner will also receive our magazine Professional Imagemaker for 12 months (valued at £120)

2nd place

  • 2nd Place SINWP Bird Photographer of the Year 2020 Certificate
  • 6 months Free Professional Membership to SINWP – which includes: entry to all of our membership only competitions – unrestricted access to our members’ photography forum – access to our members only Facebook group – listing on our directory – qualifications and distinctions through submission of images – the winner will also receive our magazine Professional Imagemaker for 6 months (valued at £60)

3rd place

  • 3rd Place SINWP Bird Photographer of the Year 2020 Certificate
  • 6 months Free Professional Membership to SINWP – which includes: entry to all of our membership only competitions – unrestricted access to our members’ photography forum – access to our members only Facebook group – listing on our directory – qualifications and distinctions through submission of images – the winner will also receive our magazine Professional Imagemaker for 6 months (valued at £60)

No cash alternatives will be given

 

Rules

  • Competitions closes 30 September 2020
  • The work must be that of the entrant
  • Images submitted must be no larger than 2000 pixels on the longest side
  • All entrants must be able to supply a high resolution image (300dpi)
  • No distinguishing marks on the images
  • Copyright of the images remains with the photographer – The Societies recognises that the entrant, the author of the photograph, retains complete and full ownership of the copyright in each submission
  • Entries can be used for publicity purposes only by The Societies and may be printed in our magazine Professional Imagemaker, also promotional purposes.
  • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Winning and highly commended images may be contacted by national and international media outlets.

Enter here: http://sinwp.com/bird/

The inaugural competition has been a huge success and we are also delighted to announce that we managed to raise an incredible £2,850,84 for the RSPB.

Congratulations to Thomas Vijayan with this image entitled “My Family”


Camera Details:
Nikon D5
Lens 7-200mm
F stop 3.2
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/3200

About:
The emperor penguin is the tallest and heaviest of all living penguin species and is endemic to Antarctica.

The male and female are similar in plumage and size. They spend their entire lives on Antarctic ice and in its waters.

These flightless birds breed in the winter. After a courtship of several weeks, a female emperor penguin lays one single egg then leaves!

Each penguin egg’s father balances it on his feet and covers it with his brood pouch, a very warm layer of feathered skin designed to keep the egg cozy. There the males stand, for about 65 days, through icy temperatures, cruel winds, and blinding storms. Finally, after about two months, the females return from the sea, bringing food they regurgitate, or bring up, to feed the now hatched chicks. The males eagerly leave for their own fishing session at sea, and the mothers take over care of the chicks for a while.As the young penguins grow, adults leave them in groups of chicks called crèches while they leave to fish.

There is a reason for the timing of emperor penguins’ hatching. By December, when the Antarctic weather has warmed somewhat, the ice the penguins occupy begins to break up, bringing open waters closer to the nesting sites. Now the chicks are old enough to take to the seas and fish for their own food.

The offspring grow rapidly in summer when food at sea is plentiful. By December, the chicks are on their own. Five years from now, if they survive in their ocean home, the young penguins will return to become parents themselves.

1st Place see HERE
2nd Place see HERE
3rd Place see HERE
Judges Choice see HERE
Highly Commended images see HERE

Enter here: http://sinwp.com/bird/

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