A photograph of a gorilla surrounded by butterflies in the Central African Republic’s Dzanga Sangh Special Dense Forest Reserve has been declared the winner of this year’s Nature Conservancy Photo Contest.
The enchanting image, titles Malui, was captured by photographer Anup Shah, a resident of the United Kingdom. The photo beat out over 100,000 different entries from over 150 countries to claim the first prize – a camera setup valued at over ₹2,96,000.
The annual nature photo competition is organized by the Nature Conservancy, one of the largest environmental protection organizations in the world, dedicated to protecting delicate ecosystems, and wildlife. Due to the pandemic, last year’s contest was abandoned.
People’s Choice Award
This stunning image won the People’s Choice award. Captured by Indian photographer Pratamesh Ghadekar, the image is a composite, produced by stitching together 32 different images, capturing thousands of fireflies gathering around a tree before monsoon season.
Credit: Prathamesh Ghadekar/TNC photo contest 2021
A dead Pantanal alligator on the dry banks of the Transpantaneira highway in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Taken by Brazilian photographer Daniel De Granville Manco using a drone, the image captures the worst of the droughts that hit parts of Brazil last year.
Credit: Daniel De Granville Manço
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People And Nature Winner
A team of rescue workers preparing a baby Orangutan named Breda, which at three months old, still has no teeth, for surgery. Due to habitat loss from logging, mining, and palm oil production, Orangutans in Indonesia are under the threat of extinction. The image was captured by Belgian photographer Alain Schroeder
Photograph: Alain Schroeder/TNC photo contest 2021
A group of five male Cheetahs trying to cross the powerful Talek River in Kenya’s Masai Mara national reserve. Heavy rains due to climate change have caused rivers in central Africa to overflow, disrupting the nature migration of wildlife. The image was captured by Australian photographer Buddilini de Soyza.
Photograph: Buddhilini de Soyza/TNC Photo Contest 2021
Cover Image: Anup Shah/The Nature Conservancy Photo Contest 2021