Bird Photography Competition - 1st Place

More info on the competition click here: 2020 SINWP Bird Photography Competition

We are incredibly excited to announce the 2020 SINWP Bird Photographer of the Year Competition winners.

The 2020 competition has been a huge success, and we are also delighted to announce that we managed to raise an incredible £2,120.61 for the RSPB

Congratulations to Ravi Parvatharaju from Essex, England with this image entitled "Moment of magic - Kingfisher feeding its newly fledged baby"

I could not believe my ears when I got the telephone call. I am an amateur photographer and wildlife photography, particularly bird photography, is my passion.

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Regarding my image - Moment of magic - Kingfisher feeding its newly fledged baby:

I took this picture at RSPB Rye Meads nature reserve in Hertfordshire. I visit this reserve regularly - it is a great place to watch and photograph birds. Kingfishers breed in a nest bank there and every year , a pair of them raise 2-3 broods successfully. The kingfisher chicks had fledged that morning and I was photographing the action from the public hide. The fledglings were mostly hidden in the bushes and their parents were taking fish to them. Suddenly, 2 fledglings came out of the bushes and landed on a perch in front of the hide. I started taking pictures of the fledglings when to my surprise and joy, the adult male (their father) landed on the same perch between his babies with a fish. Both the chicks started opening their mouths wanting to be fed. I got this picture as he was passing the fish into the mouth of one of the babies and the other chick had its mouth still open.It was , and still remains to this day , truly a moment of magic for me and an unforgettable wildlife experience which I cherish.

I have a large canvas print of this picture, a personal favourite of mine, hanging in my living room . I am so glad my favourite picture was chosen as the winning image! Thank you.

Camera : Canon EOS 1D Mark IV DSLR
Lens: Canon EF 500mm F4.5L ( non IS) lens + Canon 1.4 X extender
Aperture: f 9
Shutter speed:1/640 sec
ISO: 1250
Lens and extender combination was supported on a bean bag placed in the hide window.

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

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