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Dolphin snapping Irishman wins major photography award

Clare man George Karbus won this image of a dolphin surfing inside a wave. Photo: George Karbus   

A WILDLIFE enthusiast has claimed the top prize in a photography competition with this picture of a dolphin riding a wave off the coast of the North of Ireland.

George Karbus, from Co. Clare, has just won the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and collects £5,000 for the winning photograph, which was taken at Ballintoy, County Antrim.

To capture the stunning image, called the Living Room, Karbus had to swim in the surf with the water-borne mammal to capture the dophin’s eye view shot.

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“Each time the dolphin got into the wave, I dived underneath, held my breath and waited for the moment when he would swish through a silver barrel close enough to my lens, ” said Mr Karbus.

“Water visibility is always very limited in Ireland and I was very lucky to get a shot like this,” he added.

The annual British Wildlife Photography Awards are one of the most prestigious photography awards in Britain.

The awards were established to recognise the talents of wildlife photographers working in Britain and to highlight the diversity of Britain’s natural history as well as the need for its protection.

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One comment on “Dolphin snapping Irishman wins major photography award”

  1. marj

    Your photography is completely mesmerizing, cant stop looking.Have passed on your links to my grandson in S Africa(Port Elizabeth) as he was here last year studying and we went along the Irish west coast surfing.He also fell under the spell of County Clare, especially Doolin and Lahinch.
    Kind regards
    Marj Aitken.

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