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Face off between cuckoo and sedge warbler wins the photo prize

(Image credit: Keith Bannister)

 Keith Banister from Lancashire, England, has won  Living Planet Photography Competition, organized by The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers. Keith has won a copy of DxO Nik Collection 2  software worth £125 plus one-year free membership to the Society (or one of its sister societies).

His stunning action image shows a sedge warbler facing up to the much larger cuckoo. The image was shot from a hide in York, England, in May last year. It was shot on Nikon D4 with a Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR lens and a Nikon 1.7x teleconverter, using Aperture Priority exposure mode. The exposure was 1/800sec at f/6.3, ISO1000

(Image credit: Christine Matthews)

Th second prize by Christine Matthews from London, England entitled Emperor Penguin Colony, Snow Hill Island

"The image was taken in October 2018 when I went on an expedition ship to Snow Hill Island off the Antarctic Peninsula. We travelled to Snow Hill Island on the Kapitan Khlebnikov icebreaker from Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego. 

On arrival we then had to walk about 2 miles through knee deep snow to reach the colony. We could hear the colony before we got there - the chicks were chirping and the adults trumpeting. We were not allowed to approach the penguins closely, but fortunately no-one had told them and they were soon coming over to investigate who/what we were. The image was shot with a Canon EOS 7D Mk II, with a handheld Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 S USM. The exposure was 1/1000sec at f/5, ISO100.

(Image credit: Nick Dale)

Image awarded 3rd place, Nick Dale from London, England. His shot shows a brown bear with shaggy fur about to catch a salmon in its mouth was taken at the top of Brooks Falls, Alaska. The fish is only a few inches away from its gaping jaws. Shot with a Nikon D800 with a 300mm lens. Exposure was 1/1600sec at f/9, ISO400.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 8 Plus RED.