View Full Version : Image Of The Year 2008 Chris van Rooyen

James Shadle
03-03-2009, 12:30 AM
Please join me in congratulating Chris van Rooyen for having his image "Banking Bearded Vulture" selected as the BirdPhotographers.net Image Of The Year!

Chris is being awarded a lifetime membership to BPN, BPN Logo Gear and a five day Tampa Bay area workshop/tour with James Shadle via "The Hooptie Deux". His winning image is also our Ezine cover for March 2009.

The image of the year contest is one of the benefits of being a BPN member. Only BPN members qualify to participate in the Image of The Week and Image Of The Year contest.

Selecting our first IOTY was not an easy process. First our moderator team nominated one image from each forum. Once the nominated images were compiled, anything that could identify the image owner (watermarks, signature, file name, etc) was removed.

The nominated list of now anonymous images went to the ownership group for final voting.
So many great images and only one IOTY winner.

Congratulations Chris!!

Dan Brown
03-03-2009, 12:43 AM
Congratulations Chris! Fabulous image!

Ian McHenry
03-03-2009, 01:06 AM
Congratulations Chris.
Brilliant in flight image.
Ian Mc

Grady Weed
03-03-2009, 03:38 AM
Simply stunning Chris. Way to go.

Lance Peters
03-03-2009, 03:57 AM
Stunning image - well done chris :)

Chris van Rooyen
03-03-2009, 06:42 AM
Thanks guys! I'm completely overwhelmed by this honour...a bit speechless....

Dennis "Curly" Buchner
03-03-2009, 06:53 AM
Congrats Chris on a awesome image!

Richard Waas
03-03-2009, 06:57 AM
Way to go, Chris! A well deserved honor........

Oscar Zangroniz
03-03-2009, 07:03 AM
Very well deserved. Big Congrats.

Ramon M. Casares
03-03-2009, 07:08 AM
More than deserved Chris, all of your images were images of the year to me :) I became a real fan of your work during these last months! Congratulations!

Mike Moats
03-03-2009, 07:49 AM
Great Honor Chris, Congrats!

Krijn Trimbos
03-03-2009, 08:14 AM
What can I say other than you have set the bar for making killer images a lot higher for years to come here at BPN. Very well deserved, and big congrats on your win!!!

Roman Kurywczak
03-03-2009, 08:32 AM
Congrats Chris! Very nice choice from a tough field!

denise ippolito
03-03-2009, 09:13 AM
Chris, This is well deserved!!! Big Congratulations!!!

Chris van Rooyen
03-03-2009, 09:33 AM
Thanks again everyone!! Now to get from Africa to Florida.....

Axel Hildebrandt
03-03-2009, 10:23 AM
Congratulations, Chris! I'm very happy for you!

Daniel Cadieux
03-03-2009, 10:23 AM
Woohoo!! Congratulations Chris. Well deserved for sure. Your contributions to BPN have been second to none. Very well done, and most of all...keep up the great work :-)

peter delaney
03-03-2009, 11:01 AM
congrats...Mr Van Rooyen

Tony Whitehead
03-03-2009, 12:21 PM
Congratulations, Chris. Very well deserved - you set the bar very high!

Sabyasachi Patra
03-03-2009, 01:17 PM
A lovely image. A great Win. Well deserved. I love the colours, sharpness, wing spread, pose...in sort everything. Congratulations on a very fine image.

Michael Pancier
03-03-2009, 01:34 PM
fantastic image. Congrats...

Ilija Dukovski
03-03-2009, 03:42 PM
Congratulations! None less than the mythical Bearded Vulture
as it is called in SE Europe.

Maxis Gamez
03-03-2009, 06:53 PM

Glenn Romain
03-03-2009, 08:01 PM
YES............ Congrats Chris ,its a one of a kind capture .Well deserved :)

Sharna Lee
03-03-2009, 08:19 PM
Congrats Chris. That image is top notch for sure.

Don Thompson
03-03-2009, 09:46 PM
Beautiful, well deserved.

Roger Clark
03-03-2009, 10:00 PM
Wow! Congratulations!

Fabs Forns
03-04-2009, 04:24 PM
Congratulations on a fine image :)

Stephen Earle
03-05-2009, 03:44 AM
Congrats Chris. I've always thought that you set the bar not only for us South-Africans but the rest of the world. This confirms it.

Nate Chappell
03-05-2009, 12:00 PM
Chris, Congrats on the award and a wonderful shot of this great species.

Paul Lagasi
03-05-2009, 06:16 PM
Congratulations Chris...beautiful work....

Bob Malbon
03-05-2009, 08:13 PM
Chris, Super!!! Bob

Jon Thornton
03-06-2009, 12:28 AM
Congratulations Chris. I imagine quite a few of your images were considered for IOTY. You have made a lot of great images recently.

Chris van Rooyen
03-06-2009, 05:00 AM
Thanks again everyone for the positive feedback and congratulations. This is the best thing that has happened to me this year!

John Deakin
03-06-2009, 07:07 AM
Chris, you have been an inspiration to many South African wildlife/avian photographers for a long time, I am so pleased that you are now receiving the wider recognition you so richly deserve for your world class work and your dedication to your art. Congrats and enjoy your prize mate, if you need a hand to carry all that gear over the waters please do not hesitate to call :), john

Geurt Bloem
03-06-2009, 07:53 AM
Oh well done Chris and may your photography grow from strength to strength. Now you have an excellent excuse to visit your sister in the USA as well.

Brian O'Riordan
03-07-2009, 02:40 AM
Hi Chris - great work and congratulations!

03-07-2009, 04:10 AM
You have earned the honor for image of the year...

Jeni Williams
03-07-2009, 11:02 AM
Absolutely awesome Chris - Congratulations!!!

Jeffrey Sipress
03-07-2009, 12:04 PM
Such amazing beauty. Spectacular capture. Well deserved. Congrats!

Isak Pretorius
03-09-2009, 10:00 AM
Wow, many many congrats Chris!! Well deserved, we're all very proud of you!

Don Lacy
03-10-2009, 03:48 PM
Truly wonderful image, Congrats.

Phil Ertel
03-12-2009, 06:58 PM
Well deserved!!! A stunning image. Congratulations.

Marty J. Bober
03-13-2009, 11:42 AM
A great shot and a deserving win. Congratulations to the winner........

Alex Vargas
03-16-2009, 08:06 AM
One of my favorites in the world!!!
Great shot!



Juan Aragonés
03-18-2009, 10:32 AM
Very well deserved Chris. Congratulations for this IOTW and for this superb image. It is always a joy to see your images :)

Bob Blanchard
03-18-2009, 07:23 PM
Congrats Chris! A well deserved award! Your work is fantastic, and I can think of a couple others you've posted here that could've won as well. Great work!

Marc Mol
03-18-2009, 11:11 PM
I can think of a couple others you've posted here that could've won as well.

My thoughts as well Bob.
Congratulations and well deserved Chris.;)


Kathy Reeves
03-21-2009, 07:27 AM
Wow! Congratulations!!! What an gorgeous image!

Sunil Elias
04-01-2009, 03:46 AM
Outstanding cature. Excellent. Congratulations.

Del Cockroft
04-02-2009, 09:56 AM
Absolutely brilliant.

Linda Robbins
04-04-2009, 06:44 AM
Congratulations Chris! Outstanding image, and another example of your brilliant nature photography!

Victor Soares
04-11-2009, 02:37 PM
Nice one Chris, flying our flag very high indeed !!

A great image, taken in a magical part of our beautiful country and an inspiration to us all to carry on and look forward to achieving our very own milestones - richly deservered, amongst what is easily some of the best in the world.

Cheers for now ...

Michael Lyncheski
04-13-2009, 07:19 PM
Winner, winner chicken dinner! (not sure where that line is from)

That is an absolutely stunning image.


Alexander Koenders
04-15-2009, 01:53 AM
congrats and hope to see more of these.

Chris van Rooyen
04-15-2009, 11:27 AM
Thanks again everyone for all the nice comments, it is hugely appreciated!

04-25-2009, 08:00 PM
Congrats Chris!! Beautiful sharp image!!

Filomena Larson
04-26-2009, 07:57 PM
Absolutely beautiful! WOW! I am new here and this is the first image I see..... I see the bar is set very high! Congratulations Chris!

amal sircar
05-31-2009, 01:15 AM
Heartiest congratulations! Keep the flag flying high.

Manos Papadomanolakis
06-23-2009, 06:48 AM
Congratulations Chris!

Richard Mc Donald
07-07-2009, 04:33 AM
I'm extremely late on this one but well done Chris, your shot was well deserved.


07-16-2009, 01:50 PM
This image will be etched in my mind for years to come. Well deserved! Congratulations!

08-22-2009, 09:38 PM
Such a great photograph! One of my favorites for sure! Keep up the great work!
Johnny Chandler

09-03-2009, 03:23 PM
awesome image!!!

09-28-2009, 03:27 AM
great capture

09-29-2009, 01:59 AM
Well, great work! You have helped me to improve my knowledge about this field. Thank you so much for sharing.

Wim van den Heever
10-01-2009, 02:27 AM
What a fantastic achievement Chris... I've always maintained that you are probably the best photographer that I have the pleasure of knowing.
Well done mate you certainly deserve it...!

Morkel Erasmus
10-03-2009, 02:51 AM
big congrats Chris! what an honour...well deserved...

Jan Fourie
11-02-2009, 06:30 AM
Veels geluk Chris.This is a world class performance
very well done

David Fletcher
11-10-2009, 02:32 PM
:o:o... Dear me Chris. Thought I'd congratulated you on your marvelous achievement a while back... Must be going mad as convinced myself so....:o. dear, dear. Just thought to check after seeing Jan's name.... didn't trigger a warning when saw Morkel's name....Am so sorry I didn't. Been happy looking and enjoying your fabulous shots and am bereft of a basic courtesy. My humble apologies. Very well deserved. Beyond outstanding. Dave

santhosh kumar
12-09-2009, 12:28 AM

ashok chaudhary
12-10-2009, 11:02 AM
Superb shot

David Serrano Alarcón
01-10-2010, 11:09 AM
Congratulations...fantastic photo and job

Thomas Herou
01-26-2010, 04:08 PM
Stunning shot!
Big congrats!

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02-11-2010, 07:56 AM
Is one of my favorites birds......................
Congratulations and well deserved.
Good work.

Callie de Wet
02-21-2010, 07:18 AM
Eish! :D Well deserved, and as mentioned, you have been an inspiration for many of us here in SA trying to get to grips with BIF's and birds in genera. Enjoy the USA and their feathered friends.