Thank you to everyone that entered the 2019 photo competition. After some amazing entries, the task was daunting to select winners in two categories - The State of European Cetaceans and Threats to Marine Wildlife.
After careful deliberation, renowned wildlife photographer, conservationist and ORCA Patron Mark Carwardine selected two sensational images as the winners.
Minke whale by Hannah Snead ©ORCA Photography Competition 2019
Mark Carwardine commented: A perfectly timed shot, showing interesting behaviour in perfect conditions - what more could you ask?’
Entangled sea lion by James Robbins ©ORCA Photography Competition 2019
When entering James said: This California sea lion was severely entangled on the farallones with a few inch incision around its neck, likely from a packing band that was still there. We disentangled a few, but couldn't get to this sadly. It's likely to die unless someone else disentangled it.
Mark Carwardine commented: 'This is a shocking picture but it’s an important one because, sadly, sea lions being garrotted by fishing line is a sight we are seeing more and more frequently.’
When judging Mark commented: 'This shot beautifully captures the spirit of the dolphin and the detail is wonderful - just look at those tooth rake marks on the pectoral fin.’