Florida's Birding and Photo Fest in St. Augustine, Florida, takes place in April every year.  The Cooper, Dahlstrom and Schnyder families have so kindly sponsored a Young Birders Photography category in Cameron’s memory. 

This year’s event was another excellent display of birding and outdoor photography. Some amazing photos again and some truly beautiful and striking birding moments captured by some very talented young birders. Congratulations to all the 2017 Young Bird Photography entrants.

Below are the photos that were shortlisted:

The Winners

The two photos below were selected as our winners for their outstanding composition, light and originality.  

In first place, was Colin Shephard with the Great Egret.

 In second place was Ralphi Oakley with the Brown Pelican.

  Congratulations to both of them for outstanding bird photography skills.

“I am honoured to have my photo selected as the winner of this year’s contest!  Being able to connect to nature through photography is an amazing experience.  I hope this photo and the others submitted will inspire others to pursue photography, while appreciating all the beauty that nature provides”

Colin Shepard, 1st place winner of the 2017 Cameron Bespolka Photography Award for Young Birders Photo Contest.

“The Cameron Bespolka Photography Award for Young Birders gave me the confidence to pursue my passionate dream of becoming a photographer.  It gave me the beginning of a journey that has lead to many life changing opportunities both photographically and personally.  I hope my journey will never end and it all started by winning this special award”.

Ralphi Oakley, 2nd place winner of the 2017 Cameron Bespolka Photography Award for Young Birders Photo Contest.

Well done Colin and Ralphi.  Thank you to everyone who submitted entries and we look forward to many more next year. 

Save the date for next year’s event 18th - 22nd April, 2018.