Photos: The Supreme Cat Show

7 11 2018

[Yahoo! News}- The one-day Supreme Cat Show is one of the largest cat fancy competitions in Europe with over 800 cats being exhibited. Exhibitors aim to have their cat named as the show’s ‘Supreme Exhibit’ from the winners of the individual categories of: Supreme Adult, Supreme Kitten and Supreme Neuter.

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Disturbing Composite Photos Reimagine Ocean Pollution

11 08 2018

Hundreds of thousands of marine animals — fish, reptiles, birds and mammals — die every year after ingesting or being entangled in garbage carried by ocean currents.

Portuguese artist Paulo de Oliveira’s shocking composite images of animals being strangled by discarded nets and gorging on plastic rubbish serve as a stark warning of the damage caused by human waste.

In his series, a baby seal lion swims with a fishing net around its neck, a turtle munches on a coffee cup, a whale shark consumes plastic bags and a fish eats the remnants of a plastic lid while swimming through a sea of garbage.

De Oliveira, a 64-year-old former advertising executive turned professional diver and photographer, said: “I created these composite images to illustrate the amount of plastic garbage polluting our oceans. I wanted to make people understand the enormity of this environmental attack and how it affects the entire marine food chain. It is a theme that needs strong images that one often cannot capture directly in nature with the necessary quality.

“Nothing that can be seen in these images is unrealistic fantasies, though. All this happens every day in some parts of the oceans. It has already been witnessed by me and by many people but, except for honorable exceptions, it has not been directly portrayed in nature with force that I have tried to present in these compositions. In general, people respond well to images even when they know they have not been captured directly in nature. As I worked in advertising, I see this technique as just another tool that allows me to express my creativity.” (Caters News)





Outstanding Photos of Rare Shark Feeding Frenzy

5 06 2018

[Caters News}- One committed photographer spent a grand total of 3,000 dive hours trying to get the perfect shots, capturing beautiful images of a rare shark feeding frenzy. Laurent Ballesta’s images show the glimmering gray reef sharks hunting in swift packs, flying through the water and feasting on the likes of helpless grouper.

The challenge Laurent, 44, faced to get these images in Fakarava Atoll, French Polynesia, cannot be overstated: The grouper there spawn only once a year under a full moon, sometime in June or July, and only for around 30 minutes. In total, capturing the set of feeding frenzy images required 21 weeks of diving, day and night, spanning four years and 85,000 images.





Incredible Photos of Foxes in Their Wild

24 05 2018

[Yahoo News}- These enchanting images capture a rare glimpse into the lives of wild foxes who trusted a wildlife photographer to enter their forest lair.

The bushy-tailed creatures look almost like characters from a fairy tale as they’re pictured playing, hunting and feeding their young.

Ossi Saarinen, 21, spent months growing close to the foxes before being rewarded with the set of pictures which truly capture their natural beauty.

He said: ‘Getting close to foxes is difficult. I prefer is to let them see me and learn I’m not a threat to gain their trust.

‘I try to shoot in a beautiful morning or evening light that makes the photos looks different than if they were taken in normal daylight.

‘I believe I became some kind of “friend” with them as they started to let me closer and closer all the time.’





Amazing Photos from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award Shortlist

23 01 2018

[Yahoo! News}- Majestic birds and colourful sea creatures are only some of the breathtaking animals to make the shortlist for the People’s Choice award in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year annual competition.

This year, almost 50,000 submissions from 92 countries were entered for the prestigious award.

The shortlisted images are currently on display at the highly-acclaimed exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, until the vote closes on 5 February 2018.

The winner of the vote will then be showcased until the exhibition closes on 28 May 2018.

The ‘People’s Choice’ annual award recognises exceptional competition entries as chosen by the public.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the longest-running competition of its kind.

The competition is a vital part of the Natural History Museum’s mission to inspire a love for the natural world and unlock answers to the big issues facing humanity and the planet.





Extraordinary Images of Some of the World’s Most Endangered Animals

14 01 2018

[Yahoo! News}- Featuring animals from all around the world, Tim Flach’s latest book ‘endangered’ explores habitats on nearly every continent.

Often, Flach explores the close relationship between animals and humans, and in particular how humanity imposes and reveals its ideals when trying to understand and work with animals.

‘I feel this is the most complete book I have done and I feel very privileged to have done it,’ he said. ‘I do recall a photographer colleague of mine saying one never finishes a book one is only separated from it.

‘I wanted to draw out the character of my subjects. Clearly to do that with a bee or a tree frog eggs demanded an intimacy that can only be arrived at by a magnification, in this particular case times five, thereby showing detail that would not normally be visible with the naked eye.

‘Probably the most dramatic area [when putting together the book] was diving off the Galapagos islands while photographing Hammerhead sharks from 30m down. As a not highly experienced diver, the challenges of high currents and camera with underwater housing was a little bit stressful.

‘My next project is birds,’ he continued. ‘I want to photograph some of the most glamorous, beautiful birds – Birds of prey, Golden Pheasants, Bantoms and Macaws to celebrate the wonderment of birds.’

His other books include Equus, Dogs, Gods and More Than Human. Endangered is his fourth, and most ambitious, book.

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Photos: Winners of Sanctuary Wildlife’s Photography Awards

7 12 2017

Hell is Here: The heat from the fire scorches their delicate skin as mother and child attempt to flee the mob. In the lead, the cow’s expansive ears are angled forward as she stoicly ignores the crowd of jeering men. Behind her, her calf screams in confusion and fear as the fire licks at her feet. Flaming tar balls and crackers fly through the air to a soundtrack of human laughter and shouts. In the Bankura district of West Bengal this sort of humiliation of pachyderms is routine, as it is in the other elephant-range states of Assam, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu and more. India is the world’s stronghold for the Asian elephant and boasts over 70 per cent of the global population of the species. But this achievement rings hollow as vital elephant habitats and routes continue to be ravaged, and human-elephant conflict escalates to a fatal degree. The ignorance and bloodlust of mobs that attack herds for fun, is compounded by the plight of those that actually suffer damage to land, life and property by wandering elephants and the utter indifference of the central and state government to recognise the crisis that is at hand. For these smart, gentle, social animals who have roamed the sub-continent for centuries, hell is now and here.

[AOL.com}- A horrific photo of a mother and baby elephant fleeing an angry mob in West Bengal, India, has won the top award in a wildlife photography competition.

The hard-to-look-at image, taken by photographer Biplab Hazra, shows the two panicked pachyderms desperately trying to flee a large group of laughing men who are hurling flaming tar balls and firecrackers at the creatures.

Hazra’s photo captures the exact moment one of the flaming weapons makes contact with the baby elephant, lighting the helpless animal’s hind legs on fire while it screams out in pain.

In his entry to Sanctuary Wildlife’s Photography awards, Hazra writes that this is sadly not an uncommon scene in India, “the world’s stronghold for the Asian elephant.”

The heat from the fire scorches their delicate skin as mother and child attempt to flee the mob. In the lead, the cow’s expansive ears are angled forward as she stoicly ignores the crowd of jeering men. Behind her, her calf screams in confusion and fear as the fire licks at her feet. Flaming tar balls and crackers fly through the air to a soundtrack of human laughter and shouts. In the Bankura district of West Bengal this sort of humiliation of pachyderms is routine.

Hazra said that, although India boasts 70 percent of the global population of the Asian elephant, vital elephant habitats and routes are often ravaged by human beings and the “human-elephant conflict” has escalated to a fatal degree.

“The ignorance and bloodlust of mobs that attack herds for fun, is compounded by the plight of those that actually suffer damage to land, life and property by wandering elephants and the utter indifference of the central and state government to recognize the crisis that is at hand,” he wrote. “For these smart, gentle, social animals who have roamed the sub-continent for centuries, hell is now and here.”

It remains unknown what became of the two elephants seen in the award-winning photo.

Hazra’s devastating image was recognized by Sanctuary, India’s leading nature and conservation portal. The organization says it aims to “communicate to readers the rationale for wildlife conservation and environmental protection with a focus on the Indian subcontinent.”

In the years since its inception, the group claims to have been at the fulcrum of innumerable wildlife conservation campaigns, conservation project and serves as a forum for wildlife groups, concerned individuals and non-profit organizations in the country.

Below are the photos of some of the winning photos.








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