A dull, wet day turned into a prize-winning photo opportunity for amateur photographer Edmund Telford, whose image of a kingfisher has won first place in the Amazing Creatures Photography Competition.
[Photo credit: © Edmund Telford]
Edmund, a past president of Ayr Photographic Society, beat more than 140 entries with an image captured as he was trying out a new Tamron lens.
The contest was open to both amateurs and professionals.
‘The image was taken on Sunday 26 July in the Midlands on a dull, wet day, as can be seen from the motion in the falling rain,’ said Edmund, who won a year’s membership of the Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers.
‘I had just purchased a new Tamron 150-600mm telephoto lens and took this image at 600mm – from a hide, resting on a bean bag.
Edmund, who is retired, added: ‘The light was not particularly kind on this occasion and I had to crank up the ISO on my Nikon D610 to ISO 3200, in order to achieve an exposure of f/8 at a 1/320sec.’
Competition organisers sought images depicting ‘all kinds of wildlife, from tiny pond life to herds of animals in their natural environment’.