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Features - PCT Annual Photo Contest

Shane Robertson of Brody Brothers Pest Control, Owings Mills, Md., won this year’s contest with his robber fly photo.

May 6, 2021

By Brad Harbison

In February, PCT announced Shane Robertson, a service professional with Brody Brothers Pest Control, Owings Mills, Md., as the winner of our annual Best Pest Photo Contest. Robertson won $500 from PCT for his photo of a robber fly on a blade of grass.

The photo was taken just outside of Maryland’s Liberty Reservoir. “I had just gotten a macro lens for my (Canon T6) and happened upon this guy. He was able to stay still for a few shots,” said Robertson. “The eyes really stand out for me. I was reading about these flies and I learned that their eyes are like binoculars.”

Robertson said he has been photographing insects for about three-and-a-half years. Prior to that, he was doing macro photography, using a telephoto lens to photograph wildlife and birds. He said he finds macro- and micro-photography “equally rewarding.”

PCT’s judges commented:

“Love the changing focus and different colors.”

“This image is expertly framed and the lighting is first rate.”

“Captures the beauty of these insects’ eyes.”

PCT received a number of great entries in this year’s contest. In addition to the following layout featuring the 10 finalist photos, includes a video slideshow of this year’s top photos.


Here’s a look at the winning photo and 10 finalist photos: