RUNNER-UP, THREATENED SPECIES
The wandering albatross’s huge wingspan is perfectly designed for catching the updraught from the ocean. Steadying myself as the boat rocked from side to side to photograph the magnificent bird in flight proved rather more difficult. Classified as vulnerable, the species appears to owe its decline to longline fishing.
Kaikoura, New Zealand
Canon EOS-1D Mk III, Canon EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6L IS USM, 1/2500, f/7.1, ISO 500, handheldby Trevor Penfold