Thank you to all members who voted (we had close to 40 votes received) for IOTY, it was a mammoth task just to sort through all the worthy winners and choosing a top 3 was a real tough decision for many of you.

It was clear from the start that there were two images that had really caught the attention of members and in the end it was a very close margin between them.

I'm very happy to announce that the FEATHERS AND PHOTOS IMAGE OF THE YEAR IS.......

Tobias Hayashi's image of a Bullers Albatross

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Well done Tobias, you've won a book pack that includes Chris Gomersall's "Photographing Wild Birds" (donated by me) and a copy of Moose Peterson's "Captured" (donated by member Glen Watson).

In second place was Shelleys awesome Osprey flight image

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And in third place was Geoff Longfords beautiful Purple Swamphen shot

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And for anyone who's interested, here is the scores for images nominated:-
Tobias Hayashi - Bullers Albatross - 30
Shelley - Osprey in flight - 26
Geoff Longford - Purple Swamphen - 18
Gerard Satherley - White-winged Fairy Wren - 17
Jan Wegener - Yellow-plumed Honeyeaters - 16
Ian Colley - Fuscous Honeyeaters - 11
Rob Drummond - Gibberbird - 10
Eric Tan (Mountainman) - Varied Sittella - 8
Jan Wegener - Yellow Rosella - 7
Paul Randall - Crested Tern - 6
Eric Tan (Mountainman) - Baillons Crake - 5
Margaret Legoe - Mating Kestrels - 5
Akos Lumnitzer - Kestrel hovering - 4
David Stowe - Tawny Frogmouth - 4
Ian Colley - Flame Robin - 4
Rod Warnock - Squatter Pigeon - 4
Rob Drummond - Regent Parrot - 3
Mike Toms - Yellow tufted Honeyeater - 3
Shelley - Great crested Grebes - 3
Gerard Satherley - Spangled Drongo
Anthony (Boyd Bowlyn) - Rainbow Bee-eater - 3
Tobias Hayashi - Owlet Nightjar - 3
Anthony (Boyd Bowlyn) - Superb Fairy Wren - 3
Eric Tan (Mountainman) - Australian Shoveler - 2
Geoff Gates - Tawny-crowned Honeyeater - 2
Shelley - Red-tailed Black Cockatoo - 2
Paul Randall - Little Lorikeets - 2
Rob Drummond - Flock Bronzewing - 2
Geoff Longford - Red-browed Finch -1
Henry Cook (Nephurus) - Spotted Nightjar - 1
Anna Billingham - Crimson Finch - 1
Geoff Gates - Double banded Plover pair - 1



Thank you to everyone involved and good luck to everyone for this years competition. Image of the week is up and running again so I look forward to viewing this weeks images

Comments and discussion for Image of the Year 2011 are on the front page HERE.