Indian photographers are on trend winning awards at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

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The Natural History Museum hosts the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition every year which sees people from around the world submit their incredible photographs. From beauty to delicacy, these photos show animals in the wild in a whole new light. This year, Neema Sarkhani claimed the People’s Choice Award for Wildlife Photographer of the Year for her picture ‘Ice Bed’ – a polar bear sleeping on ice. The competition also has other categories in which people including two photographers from India won with their well-composed photographs of wild animals. While one of them captured an image of fireflies, the other won with a picture of a tapir.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition: This image featuring a firefly was captured by Sriram Murali at Annamalai Tiger Reserve. (Instagram/@sriram_murali)

Lights fantastic

This photo by Sriram Murali of India won first place in the Behavior: Invertebrates category. Captured at the Anamalai Tiger Reserve, the picture shows a “night sky and forest lit up by fire”.

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Lights Fantastic: Captured at Anamalai Tiger Reserve, this image shows a firefly.  (Instagram/@sriram_murali)
Lights Fantastic: Captured at Anamalai Tiger Reserve, this image shows a firefly. (Instagram/@sriram_murali)

The face of the forest

Announcing his win, photographer Vishnu Gopal wrote on Instagram, “I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I have been awarded the most prestigious NHM Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award-2023 in the Animal Portraits category.” His award-winning picture shows a tapir in a dimly lit rainforest.

Award winning image of tapir by photographer Vishnu Gopal.  (Instagram/@vishnugopal)
Award winning image of tapir by photographer Vishnu Gopal. (Instagram/@vishnugopal)

Here are five more award-winning pictures from the competition.

1. Life on the Edge

This image, captured by photographer Amit Eshel, won first place in his Environment category in Animals. It shows a dramatic clash between two Nubian ibex.

The title of this picture is Life on the Edge.  (Instagram/@siberianart)
The title of this picture is Life on the Edge. (Instagram/@siberianart)

2. Tadpole banquet

“Juan Jesus González Ahumada saw toad tadpoles feasting on a dead sparrow that had fallen into a pond near his home.” reads a post shared on the official Instagram page dedicated to the competition. Named Tadpole Banquet, this image won under the Behavior: Amphibians and Reptiles category.

The picture is called The Tadpole Banquet.  (Instagram/@jjgahumada)
The picture is called The Tadpole Banquet. (Instagram/@jjgahumada)

3. Silence for the snake show

This image by photographer Hadrian Lalagu captures an “unexpected encounter between a group of gray-winged trumpeters and a boa”. The photographer, in an Instagram post, revealed that the award-winning image was part of a series of 71 images that he compiled into a timelapse video.

The image shows a group of grey-winged trumpeters and a boa.  (Instagram/@hadrien_lalague)
The image shows a group of grey-winged trumpeters and a boa. (Instagram/@hadrien_lalague)

4. Golden Horseshoe

French photographer Laurent Ballesta won the portfolio award under the category. His picture depicts a dynamic horseshoe crab moving slowly across the mud in search of food.

The image shows a horseshoe cab looking for food.  (Instagram/@laurentballesta)
The image shows a horseshoe cab looking for food. (Instagram/@laurentballesta)

5. Hippo Nursery

Captured by Mike Korostelev, this image won the award in the underwater category. He captured this image of hippos swimming underwater using a drone.

This image of the hippos was captured using a drone.  (Mike Korostelev)
This image of the hippos was captured using a drone. (Mike Korostelev)

Which of these images do you like best? Did these award-winning pictures of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2023 amaze you?

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