St Maarten’s national bird ranks in top 10 photo contest

PHILIPSBURG–A photo snapped by resident photo journalist Milton Pieters of a Brown Pelican diving into water was ranked in the top ten in volume seven in the monthly ViewBug photographic competition.

“I am very proud of this accomplishment, more importantly I am happy that I was part of a visual battle to capture the moment among so many photographers from all over the globe. I just knew the image had visual impact and I nailed it,” Pieters said in a press release on Tuesday.

The monthly competition is open to professional and amateur photographers from all over the globe and the theme for the competition for the month of March was: “Right down the middle.”

Ironically, the top 10 images were singled out from some 46,463 other images and Pieters’ stood out.

“The image was submitted in the month of February accompanied the caption: Brown Pelican is frozen in time as it dived for small fishes during a feeding frenzy. This image was taken in Dutch St. Maarten where the Brown Pelican happens to be the National Bird,” the ViewBug site stated.

ViewBug was founded by photographers Ori Guttin and Jimmy Lozowsky. The website has 2,500 contests; 8.5 million uploaded photos; 72 million votes; 48,000 peer awards daily and 310 judges.

The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau added that they were very pleased with the publicity that the destination has gained from this photo and welcomes others to capture those special moments and share them for others to also experience the same beauty that the destination has to offer.

Source: Daily Herald

Photo by Binkie van Es