A photo of a kea, the world’s only species of alpine parrot, taken by Israeli photographer Avishai Futerman with an iPhone XR as the bird swoops down over the summit of Mt. Luxmore in the South Island of New Zealand, has won second place in the Nature category of the 2020 iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS).

Futerman (22) was the only Israeli photographer to have won a prize this year.

He was traveling and volunteering in New Zealand for three months when he took the award-winning photo of the Kea with his iPhone XR.

“The picture actually happened mostly by chance. I was hiking up the Kepler Track in the South Island of New Zealand, one of the most well-known tracks in the country. As I reached the summit of Mt. Luxmore, I kneeled down to take a photo of the magnificent landscape.

“Suddenly, this amazing kea landed right in front of me and I managed to capture this frame. The kea is the only alpine parrot in the world and is very prominent around New Zealand,” he tells NoCamels in an interview…

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