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1st place - White bellied Cinclodes © Dubi Shapiro

The World’s Rarest Birds photo competition winners announced

April 5, 2013

The winners of the second international photo competition run by The World’s Rarest Birds project have been announced. The competition aimed to secure images of some of the most threatened birds on Earth to complete a new book that highlights their plight. The World’s Rarest Birds, which is published today by Princeton WILDGuides, aims to support BirdLife International’s Preventing Extinctions Programme.

This is the second of two international photo competitions that have been run to obtain the images for the book, the first being in 2010. Thousands of images were entered into the competitions by photographers from across the world and over 800 photos are featured in The World’s Rarest Birds.

The World’s Rarest Birds Photo Competition had two categories: Critically Endangered birds and Endangered birds. The winning entries in each category were as follows:


CATEGORY 1: Critically Endangered Birds (there are 197 species that are so threatened that they are considered to be at imminent risk of becoming extinct)


1st place - White bellied Cinclodes © Dubi Shapiro

1st place – White bellied Cinclodes © Dubi Shapiro


2nd place – Black bellied Puffleg © Murray Cooper


3rd place – Madagascar Pochard © Dubi Shapiro


4th place – Sociable Lapwing © Maxim Koshkin


Commended – Silvery Wood pigeon © James Eaton


Commended – Yellow crested Cockatoo © Chris Newbold


CATEGORY 2: Endangered Birds (there are 389 species that are considered to be at very high risk of becoming extinct in the foreseeable future)


1st place – Marquesan Imperial pigeon © Tim Laman


2nd place – Swift Parrot © David Stowe


3rd place – Masked Finfoot © Myron Tay


4th place – El Oro Parakeet © Greg & Yvonne Dean

Erik Hirschfeld, Editor of The World’s Rarest Birds, said “We would like to thank all the photographers who kindly submitted their images to the project. Having so many fantastic photos to choose from has enabled us to present the most complete collection of photographs of the most threatened birds ever published.”