The results from our 2017 Animal Behaviour photo contest.

  • Winner: Tibor Kércz
    Enchanting Moment

    A kingfisher grabs its prey from a small pond. I captured this image on a rainy, dark midsummer morning. I used four off-camera remote-controlled radio-triggered flashes.

  • Runner-Up: Lorenzo Mittiga
    The Green Iguana

    A green iguana takes a breath after venturing into a semi-submerged cave on the island of Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. Green iguanas are everywhere on the island, they are part of every house's garden and pool. It is known that they swim and dive in the ocean, but are rarely seen while in the water. Very inquisitive on land, the green iguanas are shy in the water. Waiting for two hours in the dark cave, I was rewarded with this unique shot.

  • Runner-Up: Greg Lecoeur
    Frenzy Feeding

    I captured this image in Scotland. During summertime, gannets hunt pelagic fish like mackerel by diving into the sea from a height of 30 metres, achieving speeds of 100 kilometres per hour as they strike the water and pursue their prey underwater. With the fall in fish stocks, gannet birds have to fight against food competition for their survival. Camera: Nikon D7200 with Tokina 10-17mm fisheye lens. Housing: Nauticam Housing. Strobe: two Ikelite strobes. Exposure: 1/320s at f/11, ISO 200.

Congratulations to the featured photographers and a big thank you to all who entered! Thank you also to the generous support of our contest sponsors: