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#DOY2017 "Digiscoper of the Year 2017" announced: magic moments in the lives of animals

December 15 2017

#DOY2017 "Digiscoper of the Year 2017" announced: magic moments in the lives of animals
#DOY2017 "Digiscoper of the Year 2017" announced: magic moments in the lives of animals
#DOY2017 "Digiscoper of the Year 2017" announced: magic moments in the lives of animals
#DOY2017 "Digiscoper of the Year 2017" announced: magic moments in the lives of animals
  • #DOY2017 "Digiscoper of the Year 2017" announced: magic moments in the lives of animals
  • #DOY2017 "Digiscoper of the Year 2017" announced: magic moments in the lives of animals
  • #DOY2017 "Digiscoper of the Year 2017" announced: magic moments in the lives of animals
  • #DOY2017 "Digiscoper of the Year 2017" announced: magic moments in the lives of animals
  • SWAROVSKI OPTIK’s “Digiscoper of the Year” competition has been won by Jürgen Bergmann from Germany for the second time. A wide variety of bird species star in his superb digiscoping video, which won over the jury of international experts and members of the public.

    Over 800 entries from all around the world have once again shown the popularity of the competition, now in its 12th year.

    These pictures and videos, all captured using digiscoping (the combination of camera and spotting scope or binoculars), were submitted via www.digiscoperoftheyear.com in four categories: “Movement & Action,” “Portrait & Macro,” “Mammals,” and “Video.”

    An expert jury selected the winners of each category based on criteria including artistic approach, relevance to the theme, and aesthetics. In addition, visitors to the website could choose their favorite entry from each of the four categories. A separate contest was also held on Facebook.

    A day in the life of a bird

    Packed with detail and an array of species, Jürgen Bergmann’s video “Magic Moments” impressed the judges so much that it came first in both the “Video” category and the overall competition. His prize for winning the competition is a set of SWAROVSKI OPTIK digiscoping equipment comprising an ATX/STX spotting scope, digiscoping adapter, spotting scope rail, tripod, and tripod head.

     

     

    “For me, digiscoping is the modern form of exploration, without having any effect on nature and the wildlife. My aim is to make others enthusiastic about and aware of the beauty and uniqueness of our environment,” explained winner Jürgen Bergmann when asked why he entered the competition. The fact that he has now been crowned “Digiscoper of the Year” for the second time shows how successful he has been in achieving that goal.

    All the variety of nature, skillfully captured in a single image

    The winner of the “Movement & Action” category was Gabriel Ozon from Germany with an image of a Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola). The “Mammals” category was won by Peter Nilsson from Sweden with his portrait of a European roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) entitled “Too close.” Last year’s overall winner, Jonathan C.V. Soon from Malaysia, landed first place in the “Portrait & Macro” category. His image, “So GREEN,” shows a Whitehead’s Broadbill (Calyptomena whiteheadi). All three category winners will each receive a pair of EL 32 binoculars from SWAROVSKI OPTIK as their prize.

    More details about the „Digicsoper of the Year 2017”: www.digiscoperoftheyear.com

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