Stuart won the top award on June 18, 2010 International Conservation Photography Awards at the Burke Museum located at University of Washington, Washington State.

Here is a link to an article published in the June 23, 2010 issue of    “THE DAILY” University of WA Press with an interview of Stuart

The 2010 International Conservation Photography Awards is a continuation of Art Wolfe’s vision and has become a biennial intrnational event.  Each year the ICP Awards strives to increase it reach and influence to photographers from around the world as well as to diverse audiences who will be inspired by the work.

The top 75 of the juried photographs are exhibited at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and will be on display until September 6, 2010.

The Best in Show/Art Wolfe Award Winner:  Stuart Westmorland

The photographer whose image is chosen as Best in Show for the Art Wolfe Award will receive a special prize.  This year the grand prize is the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV digital camera (body only), the next chapter of EOS offering a comprehensive combination of speed, accuracy and image quality.  (Value $5000.) The recipient of this award may or may not be included in any of the other winning categories.  This award will be given to the photographer whose image best exemplifies the mission of the ICP Awards – and what founder Art Wolfe proclaimed in his original vision for this invitational in 1997:  “an event for the advancement of photography as a unique medium capable of bringing awareness and preservation to our environment through art.” Thanks to our sponsor Canon for this prestigious prize.

photographer ©Steve Whiston ICP Award Ceremony

Art Wolfe & Stuart Westmorland by photographer ©Steve Whiston, ICP Award Ceremony

my dear friend Larry Toombs & Stuart by photographer ©Steve Whiston, ICP Award Ceremony

for more information on this wonderful display of images:

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture ICP Exhibition

Story behind my winning image:

Marine Stock Photography, Sailfish, Istiophorus albicans, feeding on Brazilian Sardines, Sardinella brasiliensis, from Isla Mujeres, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

"Sailfish Troica" ICP Best of Show Sailfish feeding on Brazilian Sardines about 10 miles offshore from Isla Mujeres, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

In January 2009 I had the pleasure of joining a small group of marine enthusiasts for a special trip organized by award winning photographer Brandon Cole to photograph the annual feeding behavior of Sailfish that feed on schooling Brazilian Sardines near Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

Chartering a Sports Fishing Boat with Captain Mike Keen that has led many photo expeditions to photograph this amazing feeding display we spent 10 days motoring up to 20 miles offshore to find the groups of Sailfish feeding and spent many hours of swimming and snorkeling in our attempts to follow the fastest moving fish in the ocean.  Investment Analyst’s Nigel Motyer from Dublin, Ireland and Paul Krupella from Los Angeles joined our small intrepid group and all of us had many wonderful encounters and photos on one of my favorite photo expeditions of the decade!!

My winning image was photographed with a Canon 5D MkII camera body, 17-40mmf4 lens at 17mm lens setting, ISO 800, 1/350 at f8 after swimming a 1/4 mile at the surface I came upon this small group of sailfish that had nearly finished feeding on a small group of sardines around a depth of tweny feet below the surface.  I could only muster a shallow dive and held my camera below me in the split second that a single sardine was stuck on the bill of the closest sailfish.  The sailfish feed by using their bill to “slash and stun” the groups of sardines and rarely spear them as this one had. Even with a slow motordrive there was only one frame that showed the sardine on the bill as a microsecond later it was in his mouth and an his way to the next group of fish.


I photographed a fun, and unusual celebration in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle,WA for their annual Summer Solstice Parade.

painted bodies, whacky, fun, Fremont Solstice Parade,

Nude & Painted Bicycle Riders gather prior to the Parade, Fremont area, Seattle, WA

Stuart Westmorland, Seattle Stock Photography, painted bodies, whacky, fun, Fremont Solstice Parade,

Painted bike riders gather prior to Fremont Summer Solstice Parade

Seattle Stock Photographer, Stuart Westmorland, festival stock photography

Painted Bike Riders heading for the Fremont Solstice Festivities

festive stock photography, seattles best photo library, Fremont Solstice Festival

Painted Bike Riders having fun at Fremont Solstice Celebration

alternative lifestyle, drag queens, make up, festive stock photos

Amazing make up as Parade participants gather for the this unique celebration

beauty, lifestyle stock photography, seattles finest photo library

Parade beauty gathering under an umbrella on a chilly rainy Seattle festive day


14 Responses to “June 2010”

  1. 1 Nigel Motyer June 23, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Fantastic and well done. I remeber looking at that image on the back of the camera as you were still dripping on the back of the boat. Awsome then and awsome now.

  2. 2 Rebecca J June 23, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Beautiful image! Congratulations on a well deserved win!

  3. 3 Cheryl A June 23, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Spectacular shot – wish I could have been there!!!

  4. 4 Jon Cornforth June 23, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Congratulations again, Stuart! Well deserved.

  5. 5 Miriam June 23, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Amazing photo Stuart. Congrats!

  6. 6 darlene June 24, 2010 at 12:33 am

    The photo’s are all great! Congrats. Looked like a fun day.

  7. 7 Steve Fisher June 24, 2010 at 3:22 am

    U/W image truely awesome and unique – Award is well deserved! Congratulations.

  8. 8 Brandon June 24, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Put that new camera to good use! You deserve it! Wonderful photo.

  9. 9 Dave Hancock June 24, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Congrats Stu! An incredible opportunity and experience. You certainly made the most of it!

  10. 10 Jennifer Westmorland June 24, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Fantastic image. Congratulations Uncle Stu!

  11. 11 Mark Gustin June 24, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Congrats Stu, very nice composition!

    I am camping in Alberta, shooting scenics this week.I will send you the results when I return.

  12. 12 Skip Stubbs June 24, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Great shot Stuart!

    you don’t have to go there again.


  13. 13 Ian Matthews July 1, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Hey Stuart;

    You have become such an accomplished photographer and an ARTISAN in your own right….Congratulations, and thanks for sharing these wonderful images.



  14. 14 Julie Eggers August 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Congratulations Stuart. Well deserved. Fantastic shot!

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