Nature’s Best Honored Photographers on the CES Southern Ocean Expedition « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Nature's Best Honored Photographers on the CES Southern Ocean Expedition

“Hair Wash,” male African Lion: Highly Honored in African Wildlife. Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon EF 600mm f4 L USM IS +1.4x TC, 1/125 sec, f.5.6, ISO 4,000, bean bag. Image copyright and courtesy of Paul Mckenzie. ISO 4,000 is not a typo.

Nature’s Best Honored Photographers on the CES Southern Oceans Expedition

Amazingly, with about 70 folks on the Cheesemans’ Southern Ocean Expedition, there were four photographers (including yours truly) with a total of five images honored in the 2012 Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Awards Contest. The winning and honored images were selected from nearly 20,000 images submitted by photographers in 46 countries.

Enjoy the images and feel free to leave a comment.

Black-Footed Albatrosses interacting, Highly Honored in Endangered Species category. Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, Canon EF 300mm f2.8 L IS USM + 1.4x TC, ISO 2,000. 1/640sec, f9, Canon 550 EX speedlight fill flash at -2ev, hand held, lying on the ground. Image copyright and courtesy of Paul Mckenzie.

Good friend and mutliple IPT particpant Paul Mckenzie led the way with the two honored images above. You can see more of his amazing work here.

Coastal Brown Bear family: Highly Honored in Wildlife. Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 600mm f4 L USM IS +1.4x TC, 1/500 sec, f.8 in Program mode. Image copyright and courtesy of Hank Perry.

It was nice meeting new friends Hank and Karen Perry on the South Georgia/Falklands trip; they were always smiling. You can see more of Hank’s fine work here.

Coastal Brown Bear relaxing: Highly Honored in Animal Antics. Canon EOS-1D MkIV, EF 800mm f5.6, Gitzo L3541xls, Mongoose 3.6 head: 1/500 sec at f5.6, ISO 1250. Kukak Bay, Katmai National Park, Alaska. Image courtesy of and copyright 2012: Clemens van der Werf.

Regular readers are familiar with Clemens’ wonderful imagery. Photographing nature only for about two years, Clemens has attended most IPTs during that time. You can see more of his excellent work here.

Red-crowned Cranes courtship squabbling. Highly Honored in Endangered Species. Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS with the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 400: 1/1600 sec. at f/5.6. Tsurui Itoh Sanctuary, Hokkaido, Japan.

Image copyright 2012 Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART.

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Harlequin Duck, drake, Barnegat Jetty, NJ. Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS with the 1.4X II TC and the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 800: 1/250 sec. at f/8. Image copyright 2012 Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART.

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8 comments to Nature’s Best Honored Photographers on the CES Southern Ocean Expedition

  • These photos take my breath away. Each image captured such character in the creatures. Simply stunning…And your Bosque photos continue to amaze me…those blast blurs…your ability to capture nature’s beauty is simply incredible!

  • James Graham

    Outstanding captures in less than optimal photographic conditions.
    Two points stand out for me:
    1. All the pics were taken with Canon gear.
    2. No noticeable noise in the captures with high ISO’s. My Nikon D3s would surely have shown some noise here.

    • Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Good photographers make good images with whatever great they have in their hands :). Nikon, Canon, Olympus, whatever.

  • Sudhir Das

    Outstanding images. Treat to the eyes and a great source of inspiration. Thanks for posting them.

    • Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      You are most welcome Sudhir. If anyone has a link to all the winning and honored Nature’s Best images, please let me know.

  • These lovely images are proof that you don’t need bright sunlight (or even the golden hour) to take award-winning photos. They all seem to have been shot in cloudy weather, rain or snow. . . .

    • Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hey David, Your observation was spot on. I was thinking the exact same thing as I was working on the post.