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    Default Image Of The Year 2008 Chris van Rooyen

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    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!!

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    Congratulations Chris! Fabulous image!

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    Congratulations Chris.
    Brilliant in flight image.
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    Simply stunning Chris. Way to go.

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    Stunning image - well done chris :)

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    Thanks guys! I'm completely overwhelmed by this honour...a bit speechless....

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    Congrats Chris on a awesome image!

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    Way to go, Chris! A well deserved honor........

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    Very well deserved. Big Congrats.

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    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!

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    Great Honor Chris, Congrats!

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    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!!!

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    Congrats Chris! Very nice choice from a tough field!

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    Chris, This is well deserved!!! Big Congratulations!!!

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    Thanks again everyone!! Now to get from Africa to Florida.....

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    Congratulations, Chris! I'm very happy for you!

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    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 :-)

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    congrats...Mr Van Rooyen

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    Congratulations, Chris. Very well deserved - you set the bar very high!
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    Superb!
    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.
    Cheers,
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    fantastic image. Congrats...

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    Congratulations! None less than the mythical Bearded Vulture
    as it is called in SE Europe.

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    Congrats....

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    YES............ Congrats Chris ,its a one of a kind capture .Well deserved :)

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    Exclamation WOW!!

    Congrats Chris. That image is top notch for sure.

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    Beautiful, well deserved.

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    Chris,
    Wow! Congratulations!

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    Congratulations on a fine image :)

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    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.

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    Chris, Congrats on the award and a wonderful shot of this great species.

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    Congratulations Chris...beautiful work....

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    Chris, Super!!! Bob

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    Congratulations Chris. I imagine quite a few of your images were considered for IOTY. You have made a lot of great images recently.

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    Thanks again everyone for the positive feedback and congratulations. This is the best thing that has happened to me this year!

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    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

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    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.

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    Hi Chris - great work and congratulations!

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    Chris,
    You have earned the honor for image of the year...
    Congratulations!
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    Absolutely awesome Chris - Congratulations!!!

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    Such amazing beauty. Spectacular capture. Well deserved. Congrats!

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    Wow, many many congrats Chris!! Well deserved, we're all very proud of you!

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    Truly wonderful image, Congrats.
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    Well deserved!!! A stunning image. Congratulations.

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    Congratulations Chris...

    A great shot and a deserving win. Congratulations to the winner........

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    One of my favorites in the world!!!
    Great shot!

    Congratulations,

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    Very well deserved Chris. Congratulations for this IOTW and for this superb image. It is always a joy to see your images :)

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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Blanchard View Post
    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.;)

    Cheers
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    Wow! Congratulations!!! What an gorgeous image!

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    Outstanding cature. Excellent. Congratulations.

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