I was delighted to receive news that my image of a Wandering albatross chick taken in South Georgia almost one year to the day (November 2015) has been selected as a finalist by I-Shot-It.com and awarded a Mark of Excellence in their bird photography competition.
The image was taken whilst on the trip of a lifetime to The Falklands Islands and South Georgia. During this time the boat I was on travelled to Prion Island (South Georgia) in an attempt to land and view its Wandering albatross colony. At 6am and with relatively quiet seas, I was fortunate to land in one of the first Zodiac boats and made my way up the island amongst the iconic South Georgian tussac grass. It was an unforgettable couple of hours spent watching these stunning and rare birds and this shot of a big fluffy Wandering albatross chick is one of my favourites from the trip. Once it learns to fly, it will depart Prion Island and spend the next 6-7 years out at sea, never returning to land until it travels back to the same spot to find a mate that it will stay with for the rest of its 60 year life. A quite amazing act of nature.
Mike Atkinson, professional bird photographer and judge says of my image, “This young albatross is nicely depicted against a background that sums up its world.”
Nature photography is a huge enjoyment in my life and I look to get outside into the great outdoors as much as possible when not working as a freelance photographer in Bath.