Simon Brumby, DOY winner 2018: “Coast, Dune, Forest and Field“

Simon Brumby has been named as SWAROVSKI OPTIK’s Digiscoper of the Year 2018. His video “Coast, Dune, Forest and Field” was picked out of 550 submissions from around the world and convinced the international jury of experts and the public.

A total of 550 images and videos were submitted to in four categories, “Movement & Action”, “Portrait & Macro”, “Mammals” and “Video”, all recorded by “digiscoping”, where the camera is combined with a telescope or binoculars.

An expert jury identified the winners of each category according to criteria such as artistic approach, thematic relevance and aesthetics. In addition, website visitors could decide the most popular submission in each of the four categories.

Experience: Coasts, dune, forest and field
Simon Brumby impressed with his detailed and species-rich video “Coast, Dune, Forest and Field”, both in the “Video” category as well as in the overall competition. He receives the grand prize, a complete set of digiscoping equipment from SWAROVSKI OPTIK with an ATX/STX telescope, digiscoping adapter, telescopic rail, tripod and tripod head.

“When I moved to the Netherlands over ten years ago, I started to see the coasts, dunes, forests and fields with different eyes. The digiscoping adventure allows me to capture and share the best experiences of the year,” said winner Simon Brumby about what motivated him to enter the competition.

The whole variety of nature masterfully captured in the frame
The “Movement & Action” category winner is Peter Nilsson from Sweden, with his recording of a Eurasian Nutcracker (Nucifraga Caryocatactes), entitled “Take off”. He was also able to inspire in the Mammals category with his portrait of a Eurasian Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) under the title “Mesmerized”. In the “Portrait & Macro” category, Chung Han Wu from Taiwan won with his recording of a Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri). All category winners will each receive a set of EL 32 binoculars from SWAROVSKI OPTIK as their prize.

The world belongs to those who can see beauty.
Experience the moment!

Notes To Editors:
The winning photos are available for download here:
The photographer’s name (included in the file title) must be stated when reproducing any of the images. When accompanied by the name of the photographer and SWAROVSKI OPTIK, these images may be reproduced free of charge.

Photo caption:
Image 1: The winning image taken by Simon Brumby, DOY winner 2018: “Coast, Dune, Forest and Field“

SWAROVSKI OPTIK, headquartered in Absam, Tyrol, is part of the Swarovski group of companies. Founded in 1949, the Austrian company specialises in the development and manufacturing of long-range optical instruments of the highest precision in the premium segment of the market. The binoculars, spotting scopes, rifle scopes, and optronic instruments are products of choice for demanding users. The company’s success is based on its innovative strength, the quality and intrinsic value of its products, and their functional and esthetic design. The appreciation of nature is an essential part of its company philosophy and is reflected commendably in its environment-friendly production and its long-term commitment to selected nature conservation projects. The turnover in 2017 was 146.3 million euros (2016: 140 million euros), with an export ratio of 91%. The company has around 950 employees.

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