Wildlife Photographer of the Year, 2021 People’s Choice Award Winner

The snap by Italian photographer Cristiano Vendramin, initially among a shortlist of 25 images, has been voted for by more than 31,800 wildlife and nature enthusiasts, according to a press release released Tuesday by organizers from the Natural History Museum in London. .

His image and that of the four “highly commended” finalists will be on display in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition currently taking place in London at the Natural History Museum.

The images that reached the final stages were of varied subject matter.

There was a photo of two lions taking shelter from the rain and another of an unusual encounter between an eagle and a bear. A photo of a kangaroo and his joey who managed to survive the devastating bushfires in Australia was much appreciated, as was an image of a dance between two male golden pheasants.

But the big winner is Vendramin, who took his picture in 2019 during a visit to Lake Santa Croce in northern Italy. He noticed the abnormally high water level and the fact that the willows were partially submerged, which created a play of light and reflections on the surface of the lake. According to the press release, Vendramin remembered a friend he had lost who loved the lake.

“I hope my photography will inspire people to understand that the beauty of nature is everywhere around us, and we can be pleasantly surprised by the many landscapes so close to home,” Vendramin said in the press release. .

“I believe that having a daily relationship with nature is increasingly necessary to have a serene and healthy life. Nature photography is therefore important to remind us of this connection.”

Douglas Gurr, director of the museum, said “Vendramin’s poignant image symbolizes the positive impact nature can have on our well-being and our lives”.

Gurr added in the press release, “I hope those who look at this frozen-in-time landscape are reminded of the importance of connecting with the natural world and the steps we all must take to protect it.”

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