Snap­per hunts down top prize

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

A SPON­TA­NEOUS snap of a Rot­tnest Is­land nan­keen kestrel com­ing in to land af­ter catch­ing a pray­ing man­tis has won Vic­to­rian photographer Kyle Behrend a share in $5000.

Trav­el­ling across the coun­try look­ing for the per­fect na­ture snaps, Mr Behrend’s The Hunt won The Na­ture Con­ser­vancy Aus­tralia’s wildlife cat­e­gory in its an­nual pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion.

He said he was thrilled to win the award, es­pe­cially as he was an am­a­teur photographer.

“Pho­tog­ra­phy has al­ways been a pas­sion of mine and I’ve loved the chance to show­case what I can do,” he said.

One of the three judges, Michael Snedic, said they were blown away by the en­try.

“Kyle demon­strated the skill of a far more ex­pe­ri­enced photographer. The Hunt proves what an in­cred­i­ble eye he has for pho­tog­ra­phy,” Mr Snedic said.

“It was a spe­cial mo­ment cap­tured per­fectly – great com­po­si­tion, tim­ing and ex­po­sure. Ab­so­lutely bril­liant.”

Kyle Behrend’s win­ning pho­to­graph, The Hunt.

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