A stunning photograph of an orangutan with the sky reflected in the water won the first prize in the Nature TTL Photographer of the Year 2021 competition.
The image, by Canadian photographer Thomas Vijayan, is titled The World Goes Upside Down. He beat 8,000 entries from around the world to win the top prize of £ 1,500.
“Thomas’ image is truly unique and immediately stood out from the jury,” said Will Nicholls, founder of Nature TTL.
“The unique perspective and composition means you immediately try to figure out what exactly you are looking at.”
Mr. Vijayan took the photo in Borneo, where he selected a tree that was in the water so that it could have a good reflection of the sky and create the effect upside down.
“This image means a lot to me because currently the orangutan population is declining at an alarming rate,” he said.
“Trees over 1,000 years old – which are a major asset to our planet – are felled for the planting of oil palms.
“As humans, we have many alternatives to replace oil, but orangutans have no choice but to lose their homes.”
Vijayan’s photo also won first place in the Animal Behavior category.
Here are winning images from other categories, with descriptions by the photographers.
Animal Behavior, second place: Fish Caught by Surprise, by Johan Wandrag
Caught in South Africa, a fish is caught the moment it is caught by a crocodile.
The look of surprise really made this shot stand out for me.
Camera Traps Winner: Silhouetted Wood Mouse, by John Formstone
An off-camera flash was placed behind the subject in order to create this silhouette.
Landscapes Laureate: Tree of Life, by Jay Roode
A feeling of expectation permeates this valley [in Namibia] where nothing seems to have happened for a thousand years.
The shadow of an old thorny camel tree stretches, like a blackened hand, towards the delicate lines of the Tsauchab river; aspiring to the life of the past.
Winner Small World: Dance of Termites, by James Gifford
The termites in this colony were attracted to a light, but after taking several shots I realized that I could only capture the effect of the swarm by using a slow shutter speed and gradually panning with it. the flight of insects.
As they were all moving in different directions, I had to take hundreds of shots to capture what I wanted.
During this time I had a lot of termites crawling all over me, but it was worth it.
Winner of The Night Sky: The Eye, by Ivan Pedretti
On the beach in Uttakleiv, Norway, these rocks looked like an eye.
The shot is against the beautiful colors of the Northern Lights above.
Submarine winner: Manta Space Ship, by Grant Thomas
The Maldives is one of the only places in the world where you can dive with these majestic animals at night.
For this image, I was positioned flat on the sand, observing a looping manta while feeding on a cloud of planktonic creatures that had gathered.
Urban Wildlife Winner: Winged Family Members, by Kallol Mukherjee
These barn swallows build their nest right inside this store in the Himalayas – safe, away from predators.
The barn swallow is revered as the goddess of wealth and fortune … they are considered the harbingers of peace and prosperity.
People therefore readily accept droppings and other nuisances from birds.
Winner of Wild Portraits: Sleepy Polar Bear, by Dennis Stogsdill
We watched this rather photogenic polar bear for a while in Svalbard, Norway when he climbed a ridge and decided to rest.
All the while, the balmy afternoon skies created the perfect backdrop for a “sleeping bear”.
Under-16 winner: Spoiled for Choice, by Thomas Easterbrook
This photo was taken as we watched a starling whisper.
A pilgrim came out of nowhere to attack the whisper and I had the pleasure of capturing him at work!
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