A SPONTANEOUS snap of a Rottnest Island Nankeen Kestrel coming into land after capturing 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 their 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 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,” Michael said.
“It was a special moment captured perfectly – great composition, timing and exposure. Absolutely brilliant.”
Mr Behrend’s image will feature in the January edition of the Wild magazine.
Only one WA photographer was among the winners with Bassendean’s Joshua Murphy winning the mobile category.