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Snap of emperor penguin family wins top prize in Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers Bird Photographer of the Year 2019

Daily Mail Logo Daily Mail | Slide 1 of 16: A heartwarming picture of an emperor penguin family huddled together in Antarctica has won an international bird photography competition. Snapper Thomas Vijayan beat off thousands of entries from all over the globe to land the top prize in the Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers Bird Photographer of the Year 2019. There was a minimum one pound entry fee which was donated to the bird charity RSPB which has helped raise more than £2,850 ($3,750). Judges were presented with anonymized versions of all the images which took weeks to whittle down, and many received the highly commended certification. Scroll through to see the other stunning images of our feathered friends include bald eagles scrapping, moorhens fighting, a colorful kingfisher and gannets gobbling fish underwater...

A heartwarming picture of an emperor penguin family huddled together in Antarctica has won an international bird photography competition. Snapper Thomas Vijayan beat off thousands of entries from all over the globe to land the top prize in the Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers Bird Photographer of the Year 2019. There was a minimum one pound entry fee which was donated to the bird charity RSPB which has helped raise more than £2,850 ($3,750). Judges were presented with anonymized versions of all the images which took weeks to whittle down, and many received the highly commended certification. Scroll through to see the other stunning images of our feathered friends include bald eagles scrapping, moorhens fighting, a colorful kingfisher and gannets gobbling fish underwater...
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