Puffin by John Dickenson
A Puffin at sunset forms the subject of this week's winning photo by John Dickenson. Combining wonderful light and colours, John has produced an image with a difference on his recent trip to Shetland.
With such a photo, taken close to sunset, there would be the temptation to bring up the levels to show a bit more detail in the bird – but actually the shot works so much more effectively when exposure is kept as it is, ensuring that the orange reflections of the setting sun on the sea behind the bird are at their most intense. With the Puffin looking back over its shoulder, this is a truly evocative scene that reminds us of just how special seabirds are, and that we need to be doing much more to protect their declining populations. Well done to John!
Other notable images
Long-tailed Duck, River Laxa, Iceland (Carl Corbidge).
Buller's Albatross, Port MacDonnell, Australia (Chris Young).