EOS Excellence photo contest

We launched the 'EOS Excellence' competition in October 2011 to find outstanding images shot with EOS cameras. There was no theme. Here is the winner and the runners-up. Click on the thumbnail images below to move from page to page.

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RUNNER-UP

Kingfisher/Charles Whitfield-King

This photograph was taken at Lackford Lakes, which is a nature reserve in Suffolk, where I take many bird and insect images. I have had some success with kingfisher pictures in the past, but not as good as this one. A great deal amount of patience is required for pictures like these; you have to be prepared for a long wait in the hide, perhaps all day in some cases. For me, having the EF 500mm lens has given wildlife photography a totally different dimension.

With this particular picture the kingfisher had dived for the stickleback and returned to the branch where it then kills and swallows the fish. This is all over in just a matter of seconds. However, using the high-speed eight frames per second shooting, I was able to capture the whole event in those few seconds just by pressing down the shutter. Under rapid fire it managed to capture several good pictures and this was the best from the bunch. I have found the EOS 7D to be excellent for this type of action wildlife photography, keeping all of the pictures in pin sharp focus too.

EOS 7D with an EF 500mm f4L IS USM lens, 1/1600 second at f5, ISO 320.

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JUDGES' COMMENTS

We are not fans of continuous shooting to capture a defining moment. Even at fast shooting speeds, the moment is often lost. However, it has worked well here. If the lighting had been a little more favourable, the photograph would have been even stronger.