This is one of the priority objectives of this competition, as explained by Jean-Yves Kernel, director of Éditions Biotope, which publishes a magnificent book every year in which we find all the winning shots, accompanied by precise texts, pedagogical, and elements of contextualization (1): “Through their work, these artists reveal to us what is most beautiful and intriguing in nature, but also how fragile it is in the face of the ever-pressing onslaught of a human population . Their photographs help us to become aware of the scope of our daily actions. »
The end of a gorilla
The American Karine Aigner wins the First Prize, for an image entitled “The big buzz”, a whirring ball of bees swaying on the hot sand of a ranch in Texas. All but one are males who have every intention of mating with the single female in the center of the cluster.
Another outstanding prize, that of “nature photojournalism”, awarded to the South African Brent Stirton. His moving photo shows a mountain gorilla living his last moments in the arms of his caretaker, guard André Bauma. It was he who had recovered the animal, then a baby, the only survivor of a group of gorillas whose seven members were delivered from being executed on the orders of a coal mafia. For thirteen years, André Bauma cared for Ndakasi in the world’s only orphanage for mountain gorillas, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Special mention also to Daniel Núñez for his prize “Wetlands: looking further”. “The Agony of the Lake” fixes in an aerial view the layers of cyanobacteria that cover and attack Lake Amatitlàn, in Guatemala.
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