Hennie van Heerden's Wildlife Diary

June 25, 2011

“Gladiators” in final judging rounds “Wildlife photographer of the Year” 2011!

I’m biting my nails here!!

Just last may I received an email saying that “Gladiators”, the picture of the fighting Dung Beetles I shot last december in South Africa, was through to the final judging rounds for the world’s most prestigious Wildlife photo contest: the election of Veolia Environnement “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” Competition!

Final judging rounds should be in June, so just about now I guess.
Must admit that I’m really excited! And no matter if it wins a prize or not, I feel that being through to the final rounds is a recognition in itself already!

Please keep your fingers crossed for me!!

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15 Comments »

  1. Wat spannend!!
    Ik kan nergens vinden wanneer de winnaars bekend gemaakt worden…
    Anyway: ik duim 🙂

    Comment by J. — June 25, 2011 @ 7:54 am | Reply

    • Ik ook niet 🙂 Had ook al gekeken. Inderdaad spannend!! Heb nog nooit meegedaan aan een foto wedstrijd dus ben echt wel benieuwd!

      Comment by Hennie van Heerden — June 25, 2011 @ 10:19 am | Reply

  2. Uit SA hou ons duim vas.

    Comment by Arno — June 25, 2011 @ 8:27 am | Reply

  3. Ik hoop dat je wint. Een geweldige foto.

    Comment by Bert Boshoven — June 25, 2011 @ 8:42 am | Reply

  4. Good luck Hennie you deserve it.
    I have bought the WPOTY book for a few years now & your images are up there with them.

    Comment by stproc — June 25, 2011 @ 1:24 pm | Reply

  5. You are a deserving winner of ‘any’ wildlife/nature competition in my book Hennie.
    I mean how many photographers would take a trip to South Africa and be exposed to all the wonderful wildlife they have over there and end up on the floor taking photographs of a couple of beetles and a ball of ‘poop’? Fingers crossed, but I have to say, I believe it’s a ‘done deal’ already 🙂

    Comment by Peter Richardson — June 25, 2011 @ 1:41 pm | Reply

  6. I know the feeling Hennie. Good luck on winning! It’s truly an incredible photograph!!

    Comment by Erin McGuire — June 25, 2011 @ 3:29 pm | Reply

  7. Het is een prachtige foto Hennie, en door het ongebruikelijke onderwerp zeker zo speciaal!;-))
    Naar mijn bescheiden mening maak je een grote kans om te winnen!

    Comment by Marco van Leeuwen — June 26, 2011 @ 7:45 pm | Reply

  8. Congratulations on getting into the final round. You photograph is certainly worthy. I hope you win an honor.

    Comment by chamimage — June 27, 2011 @ 6:33 pm | Reply

  9. A big congratulations to you, Hennie! You deserve it!! It’s a remarkable image, but then again, all of your images seem to have a special magic. May your dung beetle warriors win you the big prize!!

    Comment by Peggy — June 30, 2011 @ 6:28 pm | Reply

  10. Baie geluk, Hennie! Ons hou duimvas vir hierdie uitstekende foto!

    Comment by Gerda van Schalkwyk — July 4, 2011 @ 2:21 pm | Reply

  11. Good luck Hennie. Awesome shot!

    Comment by Jacqueline Deely — July 11, 2011 @ 6:01 pm | Reply

  12. Can someone say if the thief dung beetle is a kleptoparasite?
    Thanks!

    Comment by Renato — August 30, 2011 @ 11:53 am | Reply


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