Biologist and Canon Europe Ambassador Audun Rikardsen creates stunning images on land and in the sea – often employing strobes, underwater housings with dome ports, and other specialized gear to give his images a level of eye-popping polish.
Recently, Rikardsen took top honors in the “Behavior: Birds” category in the UK’s Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest for his incredible image of a golden eagle just inches away from landing on a branch. The contest prohibits “live baiting” or other activity that “adversely affect [the animal’s] behaviour, either directly or through irresponsible habituation,” but Rikardsen used roadkill to help attract the eagle.
In this episode of Vision Slightly Blurred, Sarah and Allen discuss wildlife ethics (and how they can vary by locale), contest culture, and how every wildlife photo doesn’t need a conservation story.
We mention the following photographers, articles, and websites in this episode:
- Audun Rikardsen
- Land of the eagle by Audun Rikardsen
- It’s not luck, it’s science: the technical feats behind Audun Rikardsen’s amazing Arctic photographs
- Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year
- Wildlife Photographer of the Year Rules
- 2019 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition Winners
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