Swallow by Ian Dickey
I've tried taking this week's winning photo many times in the past; firstly with a manual focus lens on 100 ISO slide film 'back in the day' with laughable results, then with top-of-the-range digital equipment, but the results weren't much better.
So it was with pangs of envy that I viewed this superb image of a Swallow by Ian Dickey as our winner. Heading straight towards the photographer with bill open as it is just about to take a drink from the surface, this is a brilliant capture.
Even with auto focus, image stabilisation, quality high ISO settings and fast frames-per-second, this is still one of the hardest images to take. Any bird flying straight towards the camera is hard to keep track of, but a fast-flying Swallow is particularly difficult; focus and exposure are both excellent while the sun has brought out the colours of the bird beautifully.
Congratulations to Ian on his winning image.
Other notable images
White-spotted Bluethroat, Emmerlev, Denmark (Morten Scheller Jensen).
Great Crested Grebe, undisclosed site, Staffordshire (Michael Erwin).
Swallow, Symi, Greece (Bruce Kendrick).
Hawfinch, Kalmthout, Belgium (Marc FASOL).