The shortlist photos for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards have finally been unveiled. This year, the award competition received a record-breaking amount of submissions – 139,544 images from 166 countries. We’ve made our own selection of images, but we definitely suggest checking out the World Photography Organisation’s website and browsing the images for yourselves.
Posts Tagged ‘wildlife photography’
A photographer in Bangladesh has captured photographs of a daring and heartwarming rescue hero that will restore your faith in humanity. When a baby deer was separate from its family by a flooded river in Noakhali, Bangladesh, its chances for survival were slim. But Belal, a local boy believed to be in his early teens, braved the rainwater-swollen river to reunite the fawn with its family.
When you hear the word “cute,” “spider” is probably not the first word that pops into your head. But photographer Thomas Shahan is out to change all that with his incredible macro photographs of doe-eyed jumping spiders. When you know that some spiders can look this cute – are they really all that scary? A world without spiders would be a world with far more mosquitoes and flies, which carry countless diseases.
There are some people out there that still believe that animals are just dumb beasts, but the unlikely animal friendships we’ve gathered here will prove that they are capable of feeling love and compassion just like we are. Naturally, all of these pictures are heart-breakingly adorable, but there’s more to it than that. Why did these animals form their friendships?
They say that “the harder you practice, the luckier you get” and the Netherlands-based wildlife photographer Edwin Kats is a living proof of this. Surrounded by forests, ponds and heathland, Kats finds inspiration within a 10 mile radius of his home, but it takes months and sometimes years to take a truly good photo.
German artist Cristoph Meyer has created carefully-crafted manipulated portraits that combine people’s bodies with animals’ heads.What’s fun about this series, beyond the fact that it has people with animals’ heads, is that such a silly subject is executed so well. Meyer’s manipulations seem fairly realistic, and the animals are well-matched with their human counterparts – they look like they belong.
National Geographic Traveler Photo contest is coming to an end, so it’s high time we took a look at some of the best entries. The submissions will be accepted till June 30th, so those who want to participate, hurry up and submit your photos in one of the categories of Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments. Here are some of the most incredible wildlife entries – good luck to all the participants!
Riding a five-ton elephant, whom she called ‘my brother’, chilling with a cheetah or hugging a giant bullfrog as if it were a Teddy bear. The childhood of a French girl Tippi Degre sounds more like a newer version of Mowgli, rather than something real. A white child, she was born in Namibia to French wildlife photographer parents, and grew up in Africa. Tippi spent her whole childhood playing with wild animals including lion cubs, a mongoose, a snake, a cheetah, baby zebra, giraffes and crocodiles.
There’s one thing you keep thinking while going through Art Wolfe’s animal camouflage photographs: how on earth did he spot them himself? The amazing “Vanishing Act” project gives you the feeling that there’s no human presence in the photos whatsoever, as the Washington-based artist captures real-life animal camouflage skills. Now, let’s see how many camouflaged animals can you spot?
Usually wildlife photography is associated with capturing animals in their natural habitat, but photographer Brad Wilson brings new perspective to this. His series, called “Affinity”, exhibit close-up portraits of various wild animals taken in the studio. For many years Brad has been working with human models in New York and he felt, that switching to different species was a necessary journey for him to take. He says the title “Affinity” refers to the spontaneous feeling of connection that he experienced while working with these animal.
Russian wildlife photographer Nikolai Zinoviev has probably the coolest job in the world. Imagine yourself following baby bears all day, watching them be goofy and cute. Nikolai Zinoviev spent many days watching them hunt for salmon, swim in a lake and walk through forests in Kamchatka and Alaska. As it usually happens, the cubs strike the most funny, cuddly and lovely poses.