Durrell's Photographer of the Year 2016 is Ian Groves!

We're delighted to announce Durrell's Photographer of the Year 2016 is Ian Groves!

This summer, photographers from Jersey and further afield grabbed their cameras and got snapping at Durrell Wildlife Park for their chance to win the title of ‘Durrell Photographer of the Year 2016’.

The quality of the photographs entered was incredibly high and with over 500 to choose from, the three judges had a difficult task on their hands. Competition judge and sponsor Steve Wellum said, "The overall standard of entries was very high indeed, making it very hard to choose the winners. A special mention must go to the junior photographers who entered some exceptional images."

Winner of the 'Animal Portrait' category, and overall winner, was Ian Groves with his photograph of a beautiful Chilean flamingo. Ross Nieuwburg won the 'Animal Behaviour' category with his image of Kahili and Indigo, titled 'Motherly Love'. In first place for the 'Summer at Durrell' category was Csilla Bitay for her picture of a honey bee, and 13-year-old Georgia Dicks won the junior category with her impressive photograph of an aye-aye.

Commenting on the winning photograph, Steve said, “I liked the simplicity and contours of the flamingo shot, with a shallow depth of field and good composition which draws you in. A very fine picture.”

Our finalists have won some fantastic prizes, including a ‘Keeper for a Day’ experience at Durrell Wildlife Park, behind the scenes with Lee Durrell, a stay at our Wildlife Camp and much more. Look out for the winning photographs during the next month as they will also be featured on Durrell’s website, Facebook pages and Twitter account.

We would like to thank everyone who took part in the competition. Due to the success of ‘Durrell Photographer of the Year 2016’, we're pleased to say that the next competition will take place during Spring/Summer 2017. This competition would not have been possible without the support of Steve Wellum Photography and we would also like to thank our three judges, Dr Lee Durrell, professional photographer Steve Wellum and Durrell’s Head of Mammals Dominic Wormell, for taking the time to select our four finalists.

We look forward to seeing even more incredible wildlife photographs next year!