To be in the right place, at the right time. Wildlife photographers need a lot of patience to capture animals in their natural environment. Monkeys, cheetahs, frogs, foxes, bears, crocodiles, vultures, sea lions, cougars, ants, elephants … whether they live in the forest, the sea, the jungle or even at the poles, they are all fascinating in their own way. manner.
Like landscape images, the images of these animals – some of which are threatened by human activity or global warming – have something fascinating about them. Here is a selection of the images that have been honored by the World Nature Photography Awards 2021. The winner of the Grand Prize is the American Amos Nachoum for his image “Facing reality” (Looking at reality in the face), which shows two animals: a leopard seal and a young penguin … with a short life.
Catch me if you can
How was this striking shot taken? Amos Nachoum says: “For hours I waited for low tide to roll in along a shallow lagoon on a remote island off the Antarctic Peninsula. Like a clockwork, the leopard seal arrived at the lagoon just before low tide. Then he put his head in the water and looked like a rock sitting in the water on the way back.Young penguins only dare to enter the water when it is shallow, and when they got close enough to the seal, it quickly turned its head, grabbed one of the penguins by the legs and took him out into deep water.“
And to continue his story:I followed him and swam parallel to him, observing his actions. To my surprise, he released the penguin twice. And each time, the seal chased the penguin again, as if enjoying the game. The terrified penguin tried to escape while the game continued. But soon the end came … “
Wild animals in the sight of talented photographers
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