Zaterdag 08/08/2020

Zo mooi kan de dierenwereld zijn

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 winner Entwined Lives, Tim Laman, US Winner, wildlife photographer of the year A young male orangutan makes the 30-metre climb up the thickest root of the strangler fig high above the canopy in Gunung Palung national park, one of the few protected orangutan strongholds in Indonesian Borneo. Laman had to do three days of climbing to position several GoPro cameras that he could trigger remotely. This shot was the one he had long visualised, looking down on the orangutan within its forest home. Photograph: Tim Laman/2016 Wildlife Photographer of the YearRV - Tim Laman

Een orang-oetan hoog in de boom op zoek naar vijgen, de foto van bovenaf genomen met een duizelingwekkend zicht op het regenwoud van Borneo. De Amerikaanse bioloog en fotograaf Tim Laman won met deze serie dit jaar al de World Press Photo in de categorie Natuur. Maar nu is hij ook over all Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 -al meer dan vijftig jaar een toonaangevende prijs voor natuurfotografie. Ze zien eruit als lucky shots, maar wat de jury beloont, is het vakmanschap waarmee dat geluk wordt afgedwongen. Maanden wachten op een luipaard die door een buitenwijk in Bombay sluipt. Een wervelend paarritueel van snappers. Jaren van volharding voor dat ene moment: Tim Laman keert sinds 1987 met regelmaat terug naar de orang-oetans op Borneo en Sumatra. Zo krijg je het neusje van de zalm, de top van de wildlife-fotografie.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Under Water winner Twinspot snapper (Lutjanus bohar) engaged in a mass spawning aggregation early in the morning. This event was photographed in Palau, where mass spawning of this species takes place several days each month, with the timing determined by moon phase and tides. Thousands of fish gather. Predators such as bull sharks and oceanic blacktip sharks occasionally come in to prey on the fish. Other species of reef fish dine on the gametes. Photographed with Canon EOS 5DIII, EF15mm f2.8 lens, f9, 1/200, ISO 640, natural light. Editing note: Minor backscatter removal and dodging/ burning, crop to 16 x 9 aspect. Full file size: 5653 x 3180 pixelsTony Wu
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 The alley cat, Nayan Khanolkar, IndiaWinner, urban categoryAt night, in a suburb of Mumbai bordering Sanjay Gandhi national park, leopards slip through the maze of alleys, looking for food. Despite close encounters and occasional attacks, the cats are an accepted part of the Warli people's lives and culture. Nayan was determined to use his pictures to show how things can be different with tolerance and planning. Positioning his flashes to mimic the alley's lighting and his camera so that a passing cat would not dominate the frame, he finally - after four months - got the shot he wanted.Photograph: Nayan Khanolkar/2016 Wildlife Photographer of the YearRV - Nayan Khanolkar
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 Star player, Luis Javier Sandoval, MexicoWinner, impressions categoryCurious young sea lions in the Gulf of California. One of the pups dived down, swimming gracefully with its strong fore-flippers, grabbed a starfish and started throwing it to Sandoval. As the pup was playing very close to the breaking point of the waves, Sandoval's timing had to be spot-on. Angling his camera up towards the dawn light - just as the pup offered him the starfish and another youngster slipped by close to the rocks - he created his artistic impression of the sea lion's playful nature.Photograph: Luis Javier Sandoval/2016 Wildlife Photographer of the YearRV - Luis Javier Sandoval
The moon and the crow, Gideon Knight, UKWinner, young wildlife photographer of the yearA crow in a tree in a park: a common enough scene. It was one that Gideon had seen many times near his home in London's Valentines Park. But as the blue light of dusk crept in and the full moon rose, the scene transformed.Photograph: Gideon Knight/2016 Wildlife Photographer of the YearGratis
Wind composition, Valter Binotto, ItalyWinner, plants and fungi categoryThis hazel tree is near Binotto's home in northern Italy, and to create the dark background, he positioned himself to backlight the flowers. Hazel has both male and female flowers. 'The hardest part was capturing the female flowers motionless while the catkins were moving,' he explains. 'I searched for flowers on a short branch that was more stable.' Using a long exposure to capture the pollen's flight and a reflector to highlight the catkins, he took many pictures before the wind finally delivered the right composition.Photograph: Valter Binotto/2016 Wildlife Photographer of the YearGratis
The pangolin pit, Paul Hilton, UK/AustraliaWinner, wildlife photojournalist award: Single image categoryNothing prepared Hilton for the sight of 4,000 defrosting pangolins (five tonnes) from one of the largest seizures of the animals on record. They were destined for China and Vietnam for the exotic meat trade or for traditional medicine. Pangolins have become the world's most trafficked animals, with all eight species targeted.Photograph: Paul Hilton/2016 Wildlife Photographer of the YearGratis

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