Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wildlife Photography Award Winners

WINNER: Art In Nature - Peter Lik
Ghost, Antelope Canyon, Arizona, U.S.

The winners have been announced in the annual Wildlife Photography awards. The annual Windland Smith Rice International Awards programme is among the most highly-respected and visually compelling nature photography competitions in the world.

There are at least 16 categories including:
Zoos And Aquariums
Grand Prize
Art In Nature
People In Nature
African Wildlife
Power Of Nature
Environmental Issues
Youth Photographer
Small World Spectacular
Conservation Photographer of the Year
Animal Antics
Creative Digital
Endangered Species

"Art in Nature" category winner and host of the Weather Channel Series "From the Edge with Peter Lik" had this to say about his stunning ghost picture:

"The biggest lesson I have learned in photography is that timing is everything. No matter how perfect your technique and equipment, if you aren't in the right place at the right time, you simply won't get the shot.

In the underground caves of Antelope Canyon, I knew the summer sun would pass directly overhead at midday. As my only opportunity for the shot approached, a narrow sliver of light beamed down through a keyhole onto the sandy canyon floor.

At the precise moment I clicked the shutter, my Navajo Indian guide threw a handful of dust into the light. It wasn't until weeks later, when I finally got to review the results of the shoot, that I was able to see the ghostlike human form that emerged. I wondered if the ancient spirits of the canyon were present with me that day."

Umm...YES! Yes, Peter, they were! Congratulations on the award.

WINNER: Zoos And Aquariums - Tom Warren
Western Lowland Gorilla and Mallard Duck, Bronx Zoo, New York, U.S.

This photo, capturing a gorilla making friends with a duckling, is absolutely compelling.

Follow the link to see ALL of the absolutely amazing pictures that won in numerous categories.


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