The World Nature Photography Awards has launched its 2020 winners, with the grand prize going to Canadian photographer Thomas Vijayan for his image of an endangered Bornean orangutan.
Based totally in London, England, The World Nature Photography awards are comparatively new and was created by a gaggle of sustainability professionals to host a contest that not solely wished to promote some of one of the perfect photographers however moreover do one factor for the planet. The group helps two native climate change charities: Clean Air Task Force and the Coalition for Rainforest Nations.
“Whereas everyone knows that the challenges spherical native climate change are big, great points can be achieved if all of us come collectively to impact change,” the group writes. “That’s the philosophy behind the World Nature Photography Awards. We think about that we’re in a position to all make small efforts to kind the long term of our planet in a optimistic methodology and pictures can go a good way in influencing people to see the world from a singular perspective and alter their very personal habits for the good of the planet.”
2020’s rivals observed entries can be found in from 20 worldwide places all through 6 continents. The rivals is broken right into a quantity of courses (as seen beneath) and the perfect scoring image all through all courses as well-known by the judges takes the very best prize.
Vijayan’s image of an orangutan, which will also be the winner of the “Animals in Their Habitat” class, obtained this 12 months’s excessive award and a cash prize of $1000. To take the image beneath, Vijayan says he spent hours up a tree, able to see if one of the native orangutans would use it to cross over to a close-by island.
Beneath are the winners from the other courses:
Behaviour – Amphibians and Reptiles
Behaviour – Birds
Behaviour – Invertebrates
Behaviour – Mammals
Crops and Fungi
Planet Earth’s Landscapes and Environments
Black and White
This image might warrant some context: It depicts a white Rhino being dehorned to cease its specializing in by poachers. This may increasingly sometimes seem cruel, nonetheless, it’s a extraordinarily environment friendly conservation method that is used as a last resort.
“All rhino species are, or have been, on the brink of extinction as a result of of the popularity of their horn in Asia,” the image’s description reads. “Nevertheless to get points correct: Rhino horn consists of keratin, the very same substance that varieties our fingernails. As of late, even in Asia, it’s broadly recognized that rhino horn has no medicinal price or each different helpful influence. Nonetheless, the much less rhinos left, the higher the value, which sadly made rhino horn consumption a standing picture.”
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To see the runners up in each class, go to the rivals’s web page here.
Image credit score: All footage individually credited and used courtesy of the World Nature Photography Awards.