Grand Prize Winner: Mateusz Piesiak
Photo Title: Phantoms of the Morning
Photo Description: When fish ponds are being drained, thousands of birds gather for easy prey. While I was photographing these great egrets and gulls, a white-tailed eagle appeared all of a sudden. The gulls panicked while the egrets just froze and did not move. Using a long shutter speed, I managed to capture this fleeting moment.
Judge’s Note: There is no shortage of incredibly talented wildlife photographers and finding ONE winning image was difficult. This is a thoughtful image with an almost painterly feel about it; it tells a poetic story. The use of a slow shutter speed helped to capture the flowing movement and scale of the migration. ~Ami Vitale
Prize: Total Value = $3,800
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