For the second successive year two of my images have been awarded in the Bird Photographer Of The Year competition. Both images were of Canada Geese taken less than 5 minutes from my home.
All the winning images can be viewed HERE
Working locally is a topic that I am constantly banging on about on my Instagram feed. Yes, I know there is the constant pull of wild and exotic places. But by working locally at the same spot for an extended period you are able to build up a local knowledge of the best spots, learn how the light will fall at any given time of year and perhaps the biggest advantage is living close to the site so you are ready to react as soon as the perfect conditions materialise.
Too many people get caught up in photographing big exotic subjects and ignoring the common subjects on their own patch, yes it's great to have a roaring lion or a brown bear running down the barrel of the lens. But just because it is an impressive subject doesn't equate to it being a great image. I am much happier photographing a Canada goose in beautiful light than a big trophy species in flat light. At the end of the day it's not the subject that matters it's the final image