Petr Bambousek of the Czech Republic won the Best Portfolio award. His submissions included this Roseate Spoonbill image above, photographed in Florida.
“I found a place where several were looking after their feathers. I left my car and walked to a spot where I could get as low as possible at the edge of the lagoon. The birds were calm, and I managed to obtain some nice shots in the late-afternoon light. After preening, the spoonbills shake their bodies and make some funny poses. This moment is captured in the picture.”
Bambousek’s portfolio also included this photo of a flying Common Crane. He took the photo at Lake Hornborga, Sweden. “I experienced a bout of very bad weather during a visit to Lake Hornborga in Sweden, famous for its large gathering of Common Cranes in the early spring. I used the low light caused by the cloudy weather to experiment with long shutter speeds and panning techniques.”