Winner: Young Overall Winner "Clash of the Yellowhammers"
Fergus Gill of the United Kingdom captured the split-second drama of two male yellowhammers fighting over a winter meal of oats to snare top honors in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition's 17-and-under division on October 22, 2009.
Seventeen-year-old Gill started planning for his photo in the summer, when he collected sheaves of oats to attract seed-eating yellowhammers to his garden the following February. Once the snows came, Gill spent many hours waiting inside a purpose-built hideout.
"Every so often I would see a fight between two males over ownership of the oats, but the spats were incredibly fast," the teenager said in a statement. After two days he finally captured the award-winning moment.
Photograph courtesy Fergus Gill, Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009