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Successful Pictures from the Wildlife Photographer of the Yr 2021 Awards


The Pure Historical past Museum has introduced the 2021 winners of its 57th annual Wildlife Photographer of the Yr competitors.

The awards began out as {a magazine} competitors in 1965 and have continued to run yearly since. The photographic competitors and its touring exhibition purpose to encourage a love of the pure world and to create advocates for the planet.

Final yr, the competitors noticed 49,000 entries submitted and awarded Sergey Gorshkov with the Grand Title for his picture of a Siberian tigress hugging an historic Manchurian fir tree.

The competitors judges entries throughout a number of classes — reminiscent of “Animals of their Surroundings,” “Animal Portraits,” Behaviour: Amphibians and Reptiles,” “Behaviour: Birds,” and others — with all class winners thought-about for the grand title.

As we speak, French underwater photographer and biologist Laurent Ballesta was introduced because the winner on the Pure Historical past Museum throughout a digital Awards ceremony from 50,000 entries submitted by photographers throughout 95 international locations. His enigmatic picture, titled “Creation” captures camouflaged groupers exiting their milky cloud of eggs and sperm in Fakarava, French Polynesia. Yearly, Ballesta and his crew returned to this lagoon, diving day and evening as to not miss the annual spawning that takes place across the full moon in July.

“Creation” by Laurent Ballesta, France
Winner, Underwater

“The picture works on so many ranges,” sats Rosamund ‘Roz’ Kidman Cox OBE, Chair of the judging panel, author, and editor. “It’s stunning, energetic, and intriguing and has an otherworldly magnificence. It additionally captures a magical second — a really explosive creation of life –leaving the tail-end of the exodus of eggs hanging for a second like a symbolic query mark.”

Dr. Doug Gurr, Director of Pure Historical past Museum, says that “this yr’s Grand Title winner reveals a hidden underwater world, a fleeting second of fascinating animal conduct that only a few have witnessed.”

“Dome dwelling” by Vidyun R Hebbar, India
Winner, 10 Years and Below

Ten-year-old Vidyun R. Hebbar was awarded the Younger Wildlife Photographer of the Yr 2021 title for his colourful picture. “Dome dwelling,” above, depicts a tent spider as a tuk-tuk passes by. Vidyun first featured within the competitors when he was simply eight years outdated and likes to {photograph} the often-overlooked creatures that stay within the streets and parks close to his dwelling within the metropolis of Bengaluru, India.

Beneath are the opposite winners from the opposite classes:

“Grizzly leftovers” by Zack Clothier, USA
Winner, Animals of their Surroundings
“Reflection” by Majed Ali, Kuwait
Winner, Animal Portraits
“Spinning the cradle” by Gil Wizen, Israel/Canada
Winner, Behaviour: Invertebrates
“The intimate contact” by Shane Kalyn, Canada
Winner, Behaviour: Birds
“Face to face” by Stefano Unterthiner, Italy
Winner, Behaviour: Mammals
“The place the enormous newts breed” by João Rodrigues, Portugal
Winner, Behaviour: Amphibians and Reptiles
“Bedazzled” by Alex Mustard, UK
Winner, Pure Artistry
“Nursery meltdown” by Jennifer Hayes, USA
Winner, Oceans: The Greater Image
“Wealthy reflections” by Justin Gilligan, Australia
Winner, Vegetation and Fungi
“The spider room” by Gil Wizen, Israel/Canada
Winner, City Wildlife
“Street to wreck” by Javier Lafuente, Spain
Winner, Wetlands – The Greater Image
“Elephant within the room” by Adam Oswell, Australia
Winner, Photojournalism
“The therapeutic contact, from Group care” by Brent Stirton, South Africa
Winner, Photojournalist Story Award
“Cool time, from Land time for sea bears” by Martin Gregus, Canada / Slovakia
Winner, Rising Star Portfolio Award
“Face-off, from Cichlids of Planet Tanganyika” by Angel Fitor, Spain
Winner, Portfolio Award
“Sunflower songbird” by Andrés Luis Dominguez Blanco, Spain
Winner, 11-14 Years
“Excessive-flying jay” by Lasse Kurkela, Finland
Winner, 15-17 Years

The judging panel consisted of trade consultants, reminiscent of Rosamund ‘Roz’ Kidman Cox OBE, Chair of the Jury, wildlife photographer Javier Aznar González de Rueda, Pure Historical past Museum researcher Dr. Natalie Cooper, wildlife filmmaker Sugandhi Gadadhar, and others.

Each winners had been chosen from 19 class winners, with every entry anonymously judged by the panel for its originality, narrative, technical excellence, and moral apply.

The subsequent spherical of the 2022 competitors opens for entries on October 18, 2021, and closes on December 9, 2021. All finalists from this yr’s competitors could be seen on the group’s web site.


Picture credit: All images individually credited and supplied courtesy of Pure Historical past Museum.



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