Photography Competition Category Two:
Crikey! Kids

As an original category, Crikey! Kids provides youths with the opportunity to showcase their skills and passion for wildlife photography. The winning image will have a full-page feature in the 2023 Summer Edition of Crikey! Magazine. Photographs submitted to this category feature an animal, photographed anywhere in the world.


Crikey! Kids – Winning Image:

Winner: Wasu Vidayanakorn (Age 12)

‘A Refreshing Dive’

Sitting quietly by a pond in Ratchaburi’s peaceful farmland, I waited for the perfect moment to be captured. With my camera ready, I watched as the blue-throated bee-eater swiftly dived into the still water. After hours of patience, I finally photographed this amazing action as it emerged from its refreshing dip.

Location: Ratchaburi, Thailand
Camera/Lens: Sony a1, FE 600mm f4 GM OSS lens

Highly Commended: Caroline Heller (Age 14)

‘Meerkat Morning’

This mob of meerkats emerged from their burrows and spent the morning fighting for their spot in the sunshine. We enjoyed watching and photographing them for several hours.

Location: Oudtshoorn, South Africa
Camera/Lens: Nikon D7000, 16-300mm lens

Finalist: Perth Phisuthikul (Age 9)

‘A Fight In The Snow’

I was sitting in a hide in Kuusamo with the hope of seeing black grouse. I waited for a long time and the weather was so cold that I got frostbite. It was worth it as after the wait, males started to fight and I got the opportunity to photograph the action-packed sight.

Location: Kuusamo, Finland
Camera/Lens: Sony a1, FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens

Finalist: Perth Phisuthikul (Age 9)

‘Eye To Eye’

Kaeng Krachan National Park is a big cat paradise and visitors may be lucky to see a leopard. After 6 hours of patiently waiting in a hide, a leopard came down from the hill and started eating a deer carcass. It was an incredible experience to witness.

Location: Kaeng Krachan National Park, Phetchaburi, Thailand
Camera/Lens: Sony A1 + FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 GM OSS

Finalist: Aaryan Dhakal (Age 15)

‘Face Off’

Australia’s regal bandits are the black-breasted buzzards. While their golden plumage lends them an air of majesty, their innate skill at pilfering emu eggs shatters this facade. This buzzard’s gaze pierced the air like an arrow.

Location: Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
Camera/Lens: Canon 5D IV, Sigma 150-500mm lens