Optical phantasm of orangutan wins award

A mind-bending {photograph} of an orangutan with the sky mirrored in water has received first prize within the Nature TTL Photographer of the 12 months 2021 competitors.

picture copyrightThomas Vijayan

The picture, by Canadian photographer Thomas Vijayan, is named The World is Going Upside Down. It beat 8,000 entries from across the globe to win the highest prize of £1,500.

“Thomas’s picture is admittedly distinctive, and instantly stood out to the judging panel,” mentioned Will Nicholls, founding father of Nature TTL.

“The distinctive perspective and composition means you might be instantly making an attempt to determine what precisely you’re looking at.”

Mr Vijayan took the picture in Borneo, the place he chosen a tree that was within the water so he may get an excellent reflection of the sky and create the upside-down impact.

“This picture means so much to me as a result of presently the orangutan inhabitants is decreasing at an alarming fee,” he mentioned.

“Timber over 1,000 years previous – that are a serious asset to our planet – are being minimize down for palm oil plantation.

“As people we have now a variety of various decisions to exchange the oil, however the orangutans haven’t any choices apart from dropping their dwelling.”

Vijayan’s picture additionally received first place within the Animal Behaviour class.

Listed below are profitable pictures from different classes, with descriptions by the photographers.


Animal Behaviour, second place: Fish Caught by Shock, by Johan Wandrag

A crocodile opens its jaws to bite a fish in mid-airpicture copyrightJohan Wandrag

Taken in South Africa, a fish is caught within the second it’s snapped up by a crocodile.

The look of shock actually made this shot stand out to me.


Digital camera Traps winner: Silhouetted Wooden Mouse, by John Formstone

A silhouette of a little mouse at nightpicture copyrightJohn Formstone

An off-camera flash was positioned to the rear of the topic in an effort to create this silhouette.


Landscapes winner: Tree of Life, by Jay Roode

An aerial view of a dried up river bed and a treepicture copyrightJay Roode

A way of ready pervades this valley [in Namibia] the place nothing appears to have occurred for a thousand years.

The shadow of an historic camel thorn tree reaches out, like a blackened hand to the fragile tracings of the Tsauchab River; craving for the life that after was.


Small World winner: Dance of the Termites, by James Gifford

A blurred photo of flying termitepicture copyrightJames Gifford

The termites from this colony had been interested in a light-weight, however after taking a number of pictures, I realised that I may solely seize the impact of the swarm through the use of a gradual shutter pace and regularly panning with the flight of the bugs.

As they had been all shifting in numerous instructions, I needed to take a whole bunch of pictures to seize what I needed.

In the meantime, I had many termites crawling throughout me, but it surely was price it in the long run.


The Night time Sky winner: The Eye, by Ivan Pedretti

A beach at night with a star-filled sky abovepicture copyrightivan pedretti

On Uttakleiv seashore, in Norway, these rocks regarded like an eye fixed.

The shot is ready in opposition to the gorgeous colors of the Northern Lights above.


Underwater winner: Manta Area Ship, by Grant Thomas

A manta ray fish opens its mouth widepicture copyrightGrant Thomas

The Maldives is likely one of the solely locations on this planet the place you possibly can dive with these majestic animals at night-time.

For this picture, I used to be positioned flat on the sand, watching one manta looping round and round while feeding on a cloud of planktonic creatures which had gathered.


City Wildlife winner: Winged Household Members, by Kallol Mukherjee

Barn swallows make a next above a shop keeperpicture copyrightKallol Mukherjee

These barn swallows are constructing their nest proper inside this store within the Himalayas – safely away from predators.

The barn swallow is revered because the goddess of wealth and fortune… they’re taken because the harbingers of peace and prosperity.

So folks gladly settle for the faeces and different nuisances made by the birds.


Wild Portraits winner: Sleepy Polar Bear, by Dennis Stogsdill

A polar bear sleeps on the icepicture copyrightDennis Stogsdill

We had been watching this somewhat photogenic polar bear for some time in Svalbard, Norway, when he climbed a ridge and determined to simply relaxation.

All of the whereas the gentle afternoon skies created the proper backdrop for a “sleepy bear”.


Underneath-16 winner: Spoilt for Alternative, by Thomas Easterbrook

A starling murmurationpicture copyrightThomas Easterbrook

This picture was taken whereas we had been watching a starling murmuration.

A peregrine got here out of nowhere to assault the murmuration and I used to be happy to seize it at work!


All photos are topic to copyright.

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