The 19 best nature photos of the year 2016

Grand Prix – Tim Laman (USA). A young male orangutan, thirty meters above the rainforest of Gunung Palung National Park, west of Kalimantan, one of the few strongholds of this species in Borneo. The photographer spent three days climbing the trunk to place several GoPro devices that he could control remotely.

Marco Colombo / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

First prize amphibian fish reptiles – Marco Colombo (Italy). An “Emys orbicularis”, in Sardinia, Italy. This species, with golden yellow spots on its skin and shell, is poached as NAC (new pets). His flashes being defective, Marco concentrated on making the best use of natural light.

Angel M. Fitor / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

First prize invertebrates – Angel Fitor (Spain). A Rhizostoma jellyfish about to die in southern Spain. Since this photograph, fertilizers and pesticides from intensive agriculture have created a huge development of algae, threatening the fragile ecosystem of this site yet protected.

Simon Stafford / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

First prize mammals – Simon Stafford (United Kingdom). A hyena stands guard near dead wildebeest carcasses the day before, in a scramble. They tried to cross the Mara River avoiding crocodiles, in the Masai-Mara Reserve in Kenya.

Ganesh H. Shankar / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

First prize birds – Ganesh H. Shankar (India). In Keoladeo Indian National Park, banded parakeets try to rid a large tree of a Bengal monitor. They persecuted him for two days before giving up and looking for another nesting site. These Indian birds are very adaptable. Collared parakeets previously held in captivity have established viable populations in Europe.

Stefano Unterthiner / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

First prize landscape – Stefano Unterthiner (Italy). Almost invisible in the clouds, a bearded vulture, whose distinctive shape and cuneiform tail is visible, flies over a group of yellow-billed thugs along a ridge of the Aosta Valley in Gran Paradiso National Park.

Valter Binotto / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

First Botanical Prize – Valter Binotto (Italy). Clouds of pollen from hazel fly away, iridescent by the winter light, in the north of Italy. Valter used a long break time to catch the flight of pollen escaping and a reflector to highlight the kittens. He took a lot of pictures before the wind finally gave him the composition he had in mind.

Nayan Khanolkar / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

First Urban World Prize – Nayan Khanolkar (India). At night, on the outskirts of Mumbai bordering the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the panthers slip into the labyrinth of streets like ghosts. They look for their prey, mainly stray dogs. The warli people, who live here, respect these felines, and Nayan Khanolkar wanted his image to reflect that tolerance.

Mats Andersson / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

First black and white award – Mats Andersson (Sweden). Mats enjoyed the company of a pair of goats in the forest near his home in Bashult, southern Sweden. One night he found one of the two ground birds, lifeless. He decided to photograph the survivor: “The attitude of this owl reflects the sadness that caused me the disappearance of his companion. “

Tony Wu / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

First prize underwater world – Tony Wu (USA). A few days a month, at the full moon, thousands of red dog snappers gather to spawn around Palau Island in the western Pacific. Fish spill seed and eggs into the water and predators arrive to take advantage of this abundance. Always fascinated by the magnitude of this natural phenomenon, Tony will return to Palau next April to attend the show again.

Rudi Sebastian / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

First price details – Rudi Sebastian (Germany). The pristine sands of the Brazilian Lençois Maranhenses National Park during the rainy season. Algae and bacteria tainted the translucent waters in shades of gray and blue. Rudi was aiming vertically, sitting in a small plane whose doors had been disassembled, avoiding any ladders on the ground.

Luis Javier Sandoval / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

First printing price – Luis Javier Sandoval (Mexico). In the water, Luis was approached by a young sea lion from California. Young people play to sharpen their skill and fishing technique. He turned his camera towards the light of dawn as the sea lion handed him the starfish on Espiritu Santo Island near La Paz in Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Paul Hilton / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

First Photojournalist Award Unique Picture – Paul Hilton (UK, Australia). One of the largest recorded seizures of pangolins, about 4,000 frozen mammals in a container, in the port of Belawan, Sumatra, Indonesia. They were destined for the Chinese and Vietnamese markets, where they are used as food or for food. traditional medicine.

Charlie Hamilton James / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

First prize exequo photojournalist (story) – Charlie Hamilton James (United Kingdom). Throughout Africa, vulture populations are in decline. They have fallen from 70 to 97% in the last fifty years. Their armored stomachs contain acids that neutralize all germs. The whole is reinforced by a robust immune system. This makes vultures a cul-de-sac for cholera, rabies and even anthrax. Charlie observed in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, the Rüppell’s vulture scrambling a dead wildebeest.

Tim Laman / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

First prize ex aequo photojournalist (story) – Tim Laman (United States). Health centers like Ketapang in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, saw an influx of orphans in the wake of the 2015 fires. Here they carry a group of young orangutans one or two years old. , to play in the forest. This is where they will learn the basics of survival in nature.

Gideon Knight / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Young Grand Prix – Gideon Knight (UK). Aged 16, Gideon has been practicing photography for three years. He mostly takes his pictures in parks near his home in London. He is an avid naturalist who wants to study science in high school and continue photography as a hobby, both in terms of art and as a means of observing nature.

David Pattyn / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

First prize young 11-14 years – Louis Pattyn (Belgium). During the summer holidays in Switzerland, Louis and his family had settled in a mountain hut in the Niederhorn. While he wanted to take a picture of an ibex figure, two of them stepped on a ridge. One of the young people started to play, all in short horns, tail in tassel and good humor.

Carlos Perez Naval / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

First prize young 10 years – Carlos Perez Naval (Spain). Using the family car as a lookout, Carlos scanned the reedbed looking for migratory birds in the Lechago wetland, close to his home in Spain. Detecting a movement, Carlos followed a small bird fluttering between the stalks of the reed bed. He finally appeared; it was a swift tramp. As the light changed, the bird stopped for a second at the edge of the reeds.

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