The Winners Of The Annual Nature TTL Photography Competition Have Just Been Announced. The Competition Received 8,000 Quality And Standard Images In 9 Different Categories, Among Which The Main And Overall Winners Of 2021 Have Been Announced.
Nature TTL is the world’s leading online source of nature photography. In the final round of the Canadian Photographer Competition, Thomas Vijian received the Grand Prix for “The World Turns Upside”. In this photo, Thomas shows an orangutan climbing a tree, and his image is reflected in the water.
Nature TTL co-founder Will Nickels said of this year’s winner:
Thomas’s work is truly unique. This image was immediately noticed in the jury. This image is one that you can not easily skip. The unique perspective and composition of this work immediately makes you think and discover what you are looking at.
Thomas Vijian says of his winning work:
This image means a lot to me; Because the orangutan population is currently declining at an alarming rate; Deforestation and humans are the main reason for this. Trees over 1,000 years old, which are the main capital of our planet, are cut down for palm oil fields. As humans, we have many options for replacing oil; But orangutans have no choice but to lose their homes. I’m very happy to see that this image has been successful and gives me the opportunity to share this with the rest of the world.
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The overall winner and the winner of the animal behavior category
- Photo title: The world is turning upside down
- Photographer Name: Thomas Vijian
- Photography Location: Borneo
- Equipment: Nikon D850 camera with 8-5mm lens
Explaining this photo, Thomas Vijian says:
After staying in Borneo for a few days, the frame flashed through my mind. To take this photo, I chose a tree that is in the water so that I can have a good reflection of the sky and the leaves on the tree. Water like a mirror makes the image look upside down. Then I climbed a tree and waited for hours. This is a common route for orangutans to use, so I was able to get the result of my patience.
The second winner of the animal behavior category
- Photo Title: Surprised Hunting Fish
- Photographer Name: Johann Vanderg
- Photography Location: South Africa
- Equipment: Canon 7D Mark II camera with Sigma 600-150mm lens
At the moment of being hunted by the crocodile, the fish has a strange appearance that makes this image stand out.
The acclaimed winner of the Animal Behavior category
- Photo Title: Playground
- Photographer Name: Bens Mate
- Photography Location: South Africa
- Photography equipment: Nikon D5 with 200 mm lens
Wild puppies play in the dust that rises from very dry soil beneath their feet. The photographer has been following them for 5 weeks to be able to photograph them in interesting situations.
The acclaimed photo of a telephoto camera handle
- Photo Title: Starry Night
- Photographer Name: Bens Mate
- Photography equipment: Nikon D800 with 15 mm lens
Shadow design of a yellow deer against the night starry sky. During the 45 seconds that this image was taken, the deer’s movement covered different parts of the sky, creating a ghostly effect.
Winner of the scenic category
- Photo Title: The Tree of Life
- Photographer Name: Jay Rood
- Photography Location: Sochab River, Namibia
- Photography equipment: now 5D Mark III with 400-100mm lens
Suspended in time; The feeling of anticipation pervades this valley, where nothing seems to have happened for a thousand years. The shadow of the ancient tree of Harsher, like a blackened hand, follows the delicate footsteps of the Suchab River in the hope of returning to its former life.
The acclaimed photo of the scenery category
- Photo Title: The Road to Rome
- Photographer Name: Luigi Rupolo
- Photography Location: Rome, northwest of Scotland
- Photography equipment: Nikon D850 with 21 mm lens
On Ig Island, at sunset, you will encounter beautiful colors and stunning clouds that rise over the Scottish Highlands. To capture this image, Rupolo was quite far from the shoreline, and by following the remaining patterns created by the tides in the dunes, he was able to capture the maximum possible reflection in the image with 90 seconds of lighting.
The second winner of the small world category
- Photo Title: Nature Trap
- Photographer Name: Samantha Stephens
- Photography Location: Algon Quinn Wildlife Research Station, Canada
- Photography equipment: 5D Mark III camera with 15mm Lavova macro lens
Researchers at the Algonquin Quinoa Wildlife Research Station recently discovered that immature spotted salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) are caught in the traps of northern potters and carnivores. During the autumn migration, they cross the swampy spawning grounds to find wintering grounds under the forests.
This is the first discovery of salamanders, which unfortunately traps them in northern potted plants. More than 20% of the plants in Algonquin Park are hunting salamanders!
This phenomenon has not been recorded for any other population of northern potted plants. What researchers have not yet been able to figure out is how salamanders were trapped. Spotted salamanders have long been recognized as an important feeding cycle, and this discovery expands our understanding of the role of salamanders.
The day I took this picture, I was following researchers who studied plants daily. Potters usually contain only one salamander at a time, although they sometimes catch several salamanders at the same time. When I saw the potted plant that had two salamanders and both salamanders were floating rotting on the liquid surface of the potted plant, I realized that this moment is special and fleeting. The next day, both salamanders sank to the bottom of the plant and drowned.
Winner of the Night Sky category
- Photo Title: Eyes
- Photographer Name: Ivan Pedrati
- Photography Location: Norway
- Photography equipment: Sony A7R II camera with Sony 35-16mm lens
On the beach of Ataclio in Norway, certain stones look like eyes. This effect recording against the beautiful colors of the northern lights.
The acclaimed photo of the night sky
- Photo Title: Under the Aurora Bridge
- Photographer Name: Johann Samuchenko
- Photography Location: Kirkjofel Mountains, Iceland
- Photography equipment: Nikon D750 with Nikon 16mm lens
A beautiful image of an aurora borealis with an unusual arch at the top of Kirkjofel Mountain in Iceland.
Underwater category winner
- Photo Title: Manta spacecraft
- Photographer Name: Grant Thomas
- Photography Location: Maldives
- Photography Equipment: Current 5D Mark IV Camera with Current 8-5mm Fisheye Lens
The demon or manta ospreys are scavengers that maintain their large size by consuming large amounts of plankton and crustaceans. The Maldives is one of the only places in the world where you can go night diving with these magnificent animals.
Grant Thomas says about photographing this fish table:
To take this picture, I lay flat on the sand and stared at a mantle feeding on a cloud of planktonic creatures. After a while, Manta got closer to me until I finally managed to capture this photo of her.
Admired underwater batch photo
- Photo Title: My New Toy
- Photographer Name: Celia Kujala
- Photography Location: Hornby Island, Canada
- Photography equipment: Nikon D500 with Tokina 17-10mm eye-lens
Play is very important in the development of young Steller sea lions, and they love to play with anything they can find in their environment.
Celia Kujala watched the young sea lion play with a starfish while diving at Norris Rock on the Canadian island of Hornby.
While I was watching the sea lion, he swam towards me to show me his beautiful toy. I was able to capture this image at the same time. Unfortunately, Steller’s sea lions are on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. I hope people see these sea lions playfully and get in touch with them and want to protect them and their environment.
An acclaimed photo of an urban wildlife group
- Photo title: در
- Photographer Name: Jose Luis Ruiz Jimenez
- Photography equipment: Nikon D4S camera and Nikon f / 4G 600mm lens
A beautiful image of a barn owl running out of an old abandoned house.
The overall winner of the under-16 category
- Photo title: Unable to select
- Photographer Name: Thomas Easterbrook
- Photography equipment: Nikon D7500 camera with Nikon 300-18mm lens
This photo was taken while we were watching a squirrel when suddenly this bird appeared and attacked the squirrel. There were so many starlings that it was up to the alien bird to attack.