Wildlife photographer of the year

To align our Wildlife Photographer of the Year sponsorship with our employees at Ørsted, we hosted a competition with the theme of Love your home. We tasked our employees to go out and capture images from around the world of both the wildlife around us and the habitats they call their home. Below you can find our winners and a little bit about what they do at Ørsted to help us create a world that runs entirely on green energy.
This photograph was taken by Christopher Rogers who is a Senior Contracts manager for the Site investigation team working on Geophysical Surveys, this covers all Ørsted projects across the globe. 

Christopher said of his photograph: “This photograph was taken in Uganda whilst on holiday. I decided to wander around the lodge during lunch time and initially was interested in taking images of the birds on a nearby lake but the weaver birds were making so much noise, they caught my interest. They were busy using a reed bed to make their new homes. They were not too happy with my presence initially and stopped working. I had to wait a while for them to get used to me and then they continued their noisy home building! Interestingly the nests are generally made by the males to woo the females.”


This photograph was taken by Corinne Weaver who works in the Market Development team within Project Development as a Programme Commercial Manager.  Corinne worked on the HOW02 bid last year and most recently the bids for the German Development projects.

Corinne said of her photograph: “The photo was taken in the Makgahikgahi Pan, in Botswana after spending a day carrying out field research for my PhD – I was driving back to camp as the sun was setting and saw a few zebras in the distance and stopped and got my camera out!”

This photograph was taken by Niall Thorburn who works as a Lead Commercial Project Manager in Operations Commercial for Wind Power in the team that prepares Operations and Maintenance contracts for our wind farms.

Niall said of his photograph: ”I recently relocated to Denmark and in the same month (March 2018) and all for the first time in my life, I saw the sea freeze, ice skated outside with my children, walked across a frozen lake in Dyrhaven, cycled to work on snow, and plunged into zero degree sea-water. It is hard to accept the transience of the seasons and contemplate that within 60 days, I will be back again to the same location on a sunny day to swim with the children. I love my new home for the new experiences I have had and will have with my family before returning to my home in the UK (which I also love).

This photograph was taken by Jessica Westcott-Hayes who is a Senior Project Lead for Foundation Installation in Ørsted. Jessica was part of the team that worked on the RaceBank Offshore windfarm last year and is now part of the Borssele team who will be installing 94 foundations off the Dutch coast in 2020.

Jessica said of her photograph: Being in, on and under the water has always been a passion of mine since a young age and my family have been visiting Studland beach and getting out on the water there since my grandparents were teenagers. The rocks (Old Harry) off of this Purbeck peninsula are particularly striking and a well-known landmark to many. When the wind drops off you can easily paddle right out to the race, under the rocks and explore the many sea caves and arches. With the storms getting heavier over the winters the erosion rates of these cliffs are increasing quite rapidly so I try to get out there when I can to document this although you don’t often get days like this one. I took this photograph whilst on a 4-mile paddle boarding jaunt in February 2018 when the weather was perfect for a picnic at sea -  I didn’t brave getting in the water on that particular trip (despite the 6mm wetsuit, gloves and boots) for obvious reasons, but the sea is warming up again now so that will change.