First Prize Winner – Congratulations to Prelena Soma Owen for Scorched Earth. All Rights Reserved.
To me, this image symbolizes the plight of the Rhino. Through anthropogenic activities and sheer greed we have put these beautiful creatures on the brink of extinction. The image was taken at dusk when the sun lights up dust particles to create an illusion that the ground was “burning”.
Equal Second Prize Winner – Congratulations to Liz Keeler for Deep In Thought 1. All Rights Reserved.
This gorilla was on a rock looking as though he didn’t want to be disturbed and in my opinion he was pondering life. Their central African forests are disappearing which puts them at risk of extinction.
I am an observer of nature with a fascination of geology, topography and clouds. Growing up with black and white film cameras, I like the simplicity of various shapes, forms and textures at play between light and shadow in black and white photography. As a photographer my goal is to impart a feeling or an emotion for the viewer to get a sense of nature through my eyes and my lens.
See more of Liz’s work at www.lizkeeler.com
Equal Second Prize Winner – Congratulations to Pat Swain for Two Ebony Langurs. All Rights Reserved.
The Ebony Langur lives in the tropical forests of Indonesia on the islands of Java, Bali and Lombok. Ebony Langur monkeys are endangered.
This series, ‘Global Warming: unlikely water animals’, is an exploration of ‘misplaced’ non-water animals in rising coastal shorelines due to global warming. It brings to question if this is merely a visit or their new habitat. The backdrop of these coastlines (at times threatening) emphasizes the vulnerability and mortality of these creatures confronting a new and impossible environment. The animals range from endangered, wild, farm and some with disabilities.
See more of Pat’s work at http://www.patswainphotography.com
Equal Second Prize Winner – Congratulations to Rudi Veestraeten for The Human Condition. All Rights Reserved.
Animals behind bars equals organised sadness. No hope, no escape, only painful waiting.
Equal Second Prize Winner – Congratulations to Pekka Järventaus forSisters, Masai Mara, Kenya. All Rights Reserved.
With my lion series, I am aiming to go beyond traditional documentary photography to convey the magical qualities of lions that intrigues me the most. In order to do so, I prefer to work with lions in the wild. Lions in captivity does not have the majestic presence that I look for and I want to portrait them in their natural habitat. I photograph mostly in black and white to avoid the distraction of colors. I want my images to have a timeless feel and I want to focus on shape, light and form but at the same time capture and explore the complexity and the essence of the iconic lion. I also prefer to work during stormy and rainy days. I need the sense of movement, drama and uncertainty that the wind and rain adds to the scene. It symbolizes the world in which lions live, a world of uncertainty and danger but also a world of bravery and pride.
See more of Pekka’s work at www.prowlingwithlions.com