Canadian Megan Lorenz is the 2015 grand-prize winner of the Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards “Best of the Best” photo competition. The Toronto-based photographer shot the winning image, Atlantic Puffin & Wild Iris, in Elliston, Newfoundland. Lorenz explained, “Perched precariously on the edge of a cliff trying to overcome my fear of heights, I watched this Atlantic Puffin pull a wild iris from the ground and walk along the cliff toward me. He stopped for a moment giving me just enough time to capture him with blue sky in the background before he dropped the flower over the side where his mate was waiting at the burrow entrance.” The technical details are: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV; 100-400mm lens at 400mm; 1/640 sec at ƒ/7.1; ISO 800; Gitzo tripod; Wimberley head. Lorenz’ photo will be displayed in the Best of the Best 20-year-retrospective exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., through August 2016.
If you’d like to learn more about photographing puffins, check out the article “Puffins Aplenty: Paperwork, Procedure and Portraits” in the August/September 2015 issue of Photo Life.