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Overall Winner: "Sky Chase"
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Natural History Museum, London, and BBC
This image of a swirling flock of
starlings evading a peregrine falcon in Rome, Italy, was voted best
overall photo in the 2005 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition.
Announced in London on October 20, the winning imagesfive of which
are included in this gallerywere among 17,000 entries from over 55
Manuel Presti snapped the peregrine's high-speed
attack in his home city, where thousands of European starlings roost
each winter. Presti, who travels the world taking nature photos, said,
"It pays to keep your eyes open to the wildlife on your doorstep."
Competition judges praised "Sky Chase" for its energy and
movement as well as its starkness and graphic simplicity.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the world's largest wildlife-
photograph competition. Organized by London's Natural History Museum and
BBC Wildlife Magazine, the 2005 competition's top images are on
exhibit at the museum through April 23, 2006. The exhibition will then
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Photograph courtesy the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, organized by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine