A 10-year-old boy took home a major award while a marine biologist captured a unique event.
A 10-year-old boy won a major award for natural photography for his photo of a spider in India while a biologist captured a rare moment in nature for the top prize.
Vidyun Hebbar was named Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 for his image titled ‘Dome at Home’ at the Natural History Museum Wildlife photographer of the year.
The Bengaluru child first entered the competition at the age of eight and mainly takes photos of tiny creatures that live on the streets and parks near his home.
“The photo is perfectly framed, the focus is perfect. You can see the spider’s fangs and the crazy weaving of the trap, the threads like a delicate nerve network tied to the spider’s feet. But the smartest part is adding a creative backdrop – the vivid colors of a motorized rickshaw, ”said Judge Rosamund Kidman Cox.
The main prize was won by French underwater photographer and biologist Laurent Ballesta – who won the photographer of the year award.
There were over 50,000 entries from 95 countries.
The photographs will form a larger exhibit and provide an overview of the animals and plants shown in the photos.
Mr Ballesta’s photo, titled “Creation”, captured camouflaged groupers emerging from their milky cloud of eggs and sperm in Fakarava, French Polynesia.
The photographer and biologist have been back to the same place for five years, diving day and night, to witness the moonlit spawning in July.
The director of the Natural History Museum, Dr Doug Gurr, said the photo showed an extremely rare moment in nature.
“In what could be a pivotal year for the planet, with vital discussions taking place at COP15 and COP26, Laurent Ballesta’s ‘Creation’ is a compelling reminder of what we stand to lose if we don’t let’s not address the impact of humanity on our planet, ”he said. noted.
“The protection offered to this endangered species by the biosphere reserve highlights the positive difference we can make. “