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Featured photographer Andrew Parkinson – Bird Photographer of the Year 2016

SHORT-EARED OWL Asio flammeus An adult perched on an old stump at duskNorth Wales, UK. Image shot 2009. Exact date unknown.
Andrew Parkinson / Alamy Stock Photo

Our featured photographer Andy Parkinson has not only won Nature Photojournalist of the Year 2012, but has just been named the winner of Bird Photographer of the Year 2016! With two major international titles under his belt, along with a whole host of other awards, we’re excited to showcase some of the incredible wildlife imagery Andy has produced over the years –  some of which you may have come across in National Geographic magazine!

Where did it all begin?

The passion for photography was ignited as a child. His inspiration came from a combination of the rural beauty of his home town in Mid Wales, along with the images produced by wildlife photographer Rick Packwood, who just happens to be Andy’s uncle. The most inspirational pictures Andy saw were from Rick’s travels across Africa, which gave Andy the drive to get out and experience the world for himself.

Andy says: “I produce my images by immersing myself completely in the lives of the animals and birds with which I work. I’m motivated to try and produce inspiring images that can both educate and inform, and that reveal the staggering beauty and value of our natural world.”

We’ve picked out just a few of our favourites from the incredible collection of images Andy has available on Alamy to share with you:

BLACK GUILLEMOT Cepphus grylle An adult lands on a lichen covered rock with a large fish. July. Shetland Islands, Scotland, UK. Image shot 2008. Exact date unknown.
Andrew Parkinson / Alamy Stock Photo
DRYAD'S SADDLE Polyporus squamosus Exceptional example of this polypore fungus growing in a deciduous woodland. Derbyshire, UK. Image shot 2007. Exact date unknown.
Andrew Parkinson / Alamy Stock Photo
KNOT Calidris canutus A group of thousands of Knot turn in the air together prior to landing at dawnNorfolk, UK. Image shot 2008. Exact date unknown.
Andrew Parkinson / Alamy Stock Photo
RABBIT Oryctolagus cuniculus A pair of young rabbits, or kittens, briefly touch noses in a touching momentNorfolk, UK
Andrew Parkinson / Alamy Stock Photo
RED FOX Vulpes vulpes An adult male in its winter coat pauses in a patch of sunlight in a pine forestLancashire, UK. Image shot 2009. Exact date unknown.
Andrew Parkinson / Alamy Stock Photo

Check out his full Alamy collection here, or discover even more images on his website, Images of Wild Nature by Andrew Parkinson

Head over to our featured photographers page to see more great featured image collections.

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