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Fighting Pheasants

Richard Bedford wins BirdGuides Photo of 2009

BirdGuides Photo of the Year 2009
Supported by Stealth Wildlife and the British Trust for Ornithology

BirdGuides is delighted to announce the winners of its closely contested Photo of the Year competition. 2009 saw an amazing 39,387 photos uploaded to the galleries. Just 52 of these were awarded the accolade Photo of the Week. Now a panel of distinguished judges from the fields of conservation and wildlife photography have awarded best image of 2009 to Richard Bedford's fighting Pheasants…Max Whitby, Chairman of BirdGuides, said: "We continue to be astonished at the quality of the photographs submitted to birdguides.com. The winner and runners-up of the 2009 competition set a very high standard, and demonstrated what can be achieved using with patience, skill and an understanding of bird behaviour."

Graham Madge, RSPB spokesman, said: "From giving a different insight into birds like the Pheasant, which we see every day, to capturing the intimate moments of birds like the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, which we never see enough of, this year's POTY entrants have excelled themselves by capturing the diversity and beauty of Britain's birdlife. At a time when Britain's birds have never been more imperiled it is great that these images preserve a moment in time allowing people to appreciate birds in all their glory."Winner: Richard Bedford: http://www.richardbedford.co.uk/

Runners up:
Kevin Du Rose: http://kevindurose.blogspot.com/
Mark Hancox: http://www.markhancoxbirdphotography.co.uk/
Dileep Kumar: http://dileepanthikad.zenfolio.com/
Graham Catley: http://pewit.blogspot.com/
Tom Charles: http://www.tomcharles-photography.co.uk/birdgallery.htm
John Betts: http://jbwildlifephotography.co.uk/
Paul Hillion: http://www.islandbirds.co.uk/
Garth Peacock: http://www.garthpeacock.co.uk/

4th July 2014