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Last Updated: Thursday October 19 2006 14:15 GMT

I took an award-winning photo

Nils' winning photo called Pelican Stare. Permission by Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine

Every year thousands of photographers from around the world enter a big competition called the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

In this year's competition Nils from Germany won the award in the 10 years and under category.

"I started getting into photography four years ago.

I'm fascinated by nature and like the way you see things differently when you look through the lens of a camera.

I love taking photos of wildlife.

I entered one of my photographs in the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

On the ground

My photo was of a pelican staring straight into camera!

It was taken at a park in Berlin. I was there with my dad watching the pelicans.

After bathing, the pelicans all sat on a fence and I decided to lie on the ground in front of them.

Nils next to his winning photo at the exhibition
Nils next to his winning photo at the exhibition
One pelican stared straight at me and I took a photo quickly.

At the time, I wasn't sure if it was a good shot but later we liked it a lot and decided to enter it in the competition.


I was so excited when I got an e-mail telling me that I had won the 10 years and under category.

I couldn't stop jumping up and down!

It was a big surprise and I called all my family straight away to tell them.

My photo is now on display at the Natural History Museum in London, which is very exciting.

Here's my advice for anyone wanting to take wildlife photos:

  • You shouldn't care about getting dirty. Sometimes you might have to lie on the ground to get the best shot

  • You may have to very patient and wait for the right moment

  • But you also have to be quick as you never know what animals might do

  • You don't need to have a professional camera to start out with; my camera is simple and works very well - but I wouldn't use a mobile phone!

I don't think I want to be a professional photographer when I'm older.

I enjoy taking photos for fun and hope to enter the competition again next year."

Nils, 11, Berlin

You can see all the Shell Wildlife Photographer of Year winning photos at the Natural History Museum in London from 21 October to 29 April, 2007.

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