The World’s Rarest Birds features the images submitted to two prestigious international photographic competitions. The 2010 competition closed at the end of August 2010, and the winners were announced in January 2011 (these images are shown in the rotating cube to the right). The results of a second competition, run during 2011 and 2012 to secure images of the species still required for the book were announced on 3 April 2013 to coincide with the publication of the book.
The World's Rarest Birds Photo Competition 2012
THE WINNING IMAGES
The 2012 The World's Rarest Birds Photo Competition had two categories, and the winning and highly commended entries in each were as follows:
CATEGORY 1 – Critically Endangered Birds
Winner: Dubi Shapiro - a wonderful image of a White-bellied Cinclodes from Peru.
Runner-up: Murray Cooper - a stunning photo of a Black-breasted Puffleg from Ecuador.
Third place: Dubi Shapiro - a fantastic image of a Madagascar Pochard.
Fourth place: Maxim Koshkin - a striking image of a flock of Sociable Lapwings in flight.
Highly Commended: James Eaton - probably the first ever photo of a Silvery Wood-pigeon from Indonesia.
Highly Commended: Chris Newbold, with a superb study of Yellow-crested Cockatoos from Indonesia.
CATEGORY 2 – Endangered Birds
Winner: Tim Laman - a beautiful photo of a Marquesan Imperial-pigeon from Nuku Hiva in French Polynesia.
Runner-up: David Stowe - a lovely photo of a Swift Parrot from Australia.
Third place: Myron Tay - a stunning image of a Masked Finfoot from South-East Asia.
Fourth place: Greg & Yvonne Dean - a wonderful photo of a flock of El Oro Parakeets from Ecuador.
Highly Commended: Ciro Albano - a stunning image of a Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer from Colombia.
Highly Commended: Dubi Shapiro - an excellent study of a Long-whiskered Owlet from Peru.
Highly Commended: Pete Morris - a superb image of a Lulu's Tody-flycatcher from Peru.
Highly Commended: Niranjan Sant - a fantastic photo of a Narcondam Hornbill from Narcondam Island in the Bay of Bengal.
Highly Commended: Mikael Bauer - a stunning portrait of a Sakalava Rail from Madagascar.
Highly Commended: Denzil Morgan - probably the first photo of a White-tipped Monarch, from the island of Tanahjampea in Indonesia.
The World’s Rarest Project team is very grateful to Minox, Lynx Edicions, BirdLife International, Princeton University Press, WILDGuides and the World Migratory Bird Day for kindly supporting the project by providing a range of attractive prizes for the competitions. These have been presented to the winning photographers.