August 2020 I visited Coochbehar, where there were bushes of these Ornamental Banana
ornata) to click the photos of Sunbird sucking nectar from it.
Everything was going as usual but sudenly I was shocked that this crimson started taking
in the water stored in the banana flower petal from an early morning
drizzle. I was literally stunned to see this unusual behaviour of the bird. I kept my
camera's shutter button pressed as the bird took the bath. This was really a once in a
lifetime moment. It is amazing how nature can surprise us. In this image the bird was
frozen in action with it's head upside down while it was taking bath in the flower
Story: A baby
Borneo Orangutan being fed by its mom whilst hanging on a tree which mimics a “Flying
Kiss”. I was on a small boat in Sekonyer River which was very unstable, like being on an
platform, hence I handheld the camera to get this difficult but unique shot. Borneo
Orangutans belong to the only genus of great apes native to Asia and are a critically
endangered species, with deforestation, palm oil plantations, and hunting posing a
serious threat to its continued existence. Like the other great apes, orangutans are
highly intelligent, displaying tool use and distinct cultural patterns in the wild.
Orangutans share approximately 97% of their DNA with humans.
CAMERA: Nikon D5, Nikon 70-200mm/f2.8, 1/4000
F/2.8, ISO 800.
HIGHLY HONORED WILDLIFE
About 200 Japanese macaques live on this mountain with a view of the sea. On a chilly
autumn evening, this monkey was sitting on a rock at the top of the mountain, turning to
the sun and trying to warm himself up a little. Over time, the sunset on the horizon,
the sky began to turn orange, and the cold wind blew. After seeing the sunset, he
returned to the forest where his troop was. I approached quietly with a wide-angle lens
and waited for the sunset in order to photograph this dignified monkey with the vast sea
CAMERA: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II , EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM,
1/1000, F/11, ISO 800.
HIGHLY HONORED WILDLIFE
Mother and Child
Qinling Mountains, China
headed langur, a national first-class protected animal, is photographed in Chongzuo
White Headed Langur Nature Reserve, Guangxi. The female monkey holds a two month old
baby monkey on a tree trunk.
Canon 5DS, Canon 400MM F/2.8,
1/640, F/5, ISO 1000.
always an amazing feeling to see big cats in a green environment. This was one of the
memorable moments to see a pride of Asiatic Lions including two lioness and their cubs
playing together. It's amazing to see how a mother takes care of cubs from the same
pride even though one of them is not her cub. All the cubs were playing and feeling safe
with this lioness and I got a chance to capture and witness motherhood.
CAMERA: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, EF500mm F/4L IS II USM, 1/160
F/6.3, ISO 500.
During the Covid pendemic we had moved our base from the city to the country side as we
have our Native village in Gujarat where I use to regularly go for birding. Suddenly
some one bumped into me and said there is a huge colony of bats near my house but it
I was in total awe looking at the size of the colony of these mouse tailed bats.
Actually this was not a cave but an abandoned old house where these little creatures
took refuge and somehow made their home as the ambiance was similar to a cave
including the darkness and temperature with no disturbances. Everybody was in confusion
looking at me shooting them day and night standing in 1 ft of bat guano that stank.
Perhaps the pandemic was wrongly blamed on them over human foolishness.
CAMERA: Nikon D500, Nikkor 200-500, 1/500, F/5.6,
One-Horned Rhinos are an endengered animal and at the same time it is pride of Assam,
India. This shot was taken in the Burapahar range of Kaziranga National Park. Because it
was a rainy day, I was the only photographer in that zone, with my guide.
Because of heavy rain, I had to struggle, but I got some amazing moments. I
was really lucky to capture this moment. It was taken just after the rain. The color of
the habitat of this image impressed me the most and the jungle mynas give a special
CAMERA: Nikon D7500, AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR,
1/640, F/5.6, ISO 250.
Ijen is a volcano located on the border of Banyuwangi Regency and Bondowoso Regency,
East Java, Indonesia. This mountain has a height of 2,386 meters above sea level and is
located side by side with Mount Merapi. Mount Ijen last erupted in 1999, Climbing this
mountain can be started from two places, namely from Banyuwangi or from Bondowoso.
When I took this picture I hiked at dusk, starting at 15:00 Western Indonesia time to
wait for the sunset over Ijen Crater. The challenge I faced to get a clean sunset was
that thick fog often appears in the afternoon which could cover the crater. I was very
lucky after so many times of hiking to this crater I finally got the sky and the crater
bright enough for me to take pictures when the sun went down. Not only that but also in
the afternoon the smell of sulfur also becomes more intense. Ijen Crater is an acidic
crater lake located at the top of Mount Ijen with a lake depth of 200 meters and a
crater area of 5,466 hectares. Ijen crater lake is known to be the largest strong acid
lake in the world.
CAMERA: Sony A7R4, Sony FE 2.8/16-35 GM, 1/6, F/11, ISO
100, Gitzo GK2545T-82QD.
HIGHLY HONORED LANDSCAPE
Rift Valley in Lop Nor
Kumtag Desert, China
October 19, 2020, we crossed the no man's land of Lop Nur from Ruoqiang, Xinjiang, it
was very windy and the sand was blowing. Lop Nur Grand Canyon was the third stop of our
shooting, and the scenery is very
Sunrise over the ancient city, Bagan. As an iconic place in Myanmar, Bagan is
an amazing ancient city, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and also a famous place
in Asia. Bagan's Sunrise and Sunset times are so dramatic and peaceful. I captured this
photo one morning in winter (January). All over the views are so amazing
during this season for the seeing and for the feeling of Bagan's foggy landscaping. To
capture this photo, I climbed to the top of the one pagoda's early in the
morning before sunrise. I captured the photos by using tripod to get a slow shutter
and Tele-Photo-Lens to focus on the sunrise with the historical temple's Foreground.
I also used a graduated neutral density filter to get a good balanced exposure of the
ground and sky. Nowadays in Bagan, it is not allowed to climb any
pagodas. So it is very difficult to see Bagan from a high viewpoint.
CAMERA: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC,
1/20, F/11, ISO
photo was taken on an early frosty morning at the top of the Urenga ridge, South Ural.
After spending the night in the mountains in a tent, I woke up and slowly wandered along
the top among the snow-covered trees with a camera. Suddenly I saw that a low cloud was
floating right in front of my eyes, I quickly ran to the closest low hill to be a little
higher and photographed this unusual scene of snow covered trees and a passing
CAMERA: Canon 5D, Canon 70-200, 1/250,
F/10, ISO 100.
Story: On the
Kamchatka Peninsula, the Klyuchevskoy volcano erupts, one of the most active and highest
volcanoes in Eurasia. Its height is about 4800 meters. At night, you can clearly see how
lava splashes in the crater of the volcano and pours out along the slopes in a huge lava
flow for many hundreds of meters, volcanic bombs and ash also fly out. Klyuchevskoy
Nature Park is one of the most beautiful places in Kamchatka. It is rightfully called
the "Land of Fire and Ice". There are 14 volcanoes in the park, 4 of which are
visited this waterfall early in the morning and waited for the light to shine on it.
Once I arrived, I looked for the most beautiful composition
with the waterfall water cascading down the rocks. Then, when the light shone through, a
rainbow occurred, so I attached an ND filter and a polarizing filter to my lens to
capture this image. I set the shutter speed to about 4 seconds to capture the most
CAMERA: NIKON D4S, AF-S NIKKOR 70-200 f2.8G ED VRⅡ, 4 sec,
species of nudibranch Coriphella Nobilis is one of the largest (up to 5 cm) and
brightest representatives in the northern part of the Sea of Japan. Its habitat also
extends to the more northern seas - Okhotsk and Bering. And I am always glad when I
manage to see them. I was lucky to film the process of their matting. It was
CAMERA: Nikon D800, Nikkor 60 mm, 1/320, F/25,
ISO 400, Inon Z220.
sun was shining beautifully, and a mother and calf humpback whales were swimming
below us. Their tail fins shone beautifully in the light.
The calf swam to keep up with its mother. The mother whale is always swimming underneath
her child to keep an eye on it.
A male whale was approaching from below to escort them, but the mother and child swam
CAMERA: Nikon D850, SIGMA 15mm F2.8 EX DG DIAGONAL FISHEYE,
1/400, F/8, ISO 450.
photo of a clownfish family was taken during a dive in Sogod Bay, Philippines.
CAMERA: Nikon D7000, Sigma 70mm macro, 1/320, F/20, ISO 200.
HIGHLY HONORED OCEAN
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
photo of the jellyfish was made on a liveaboard in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. I was
snorkeling amongst thousands of jellly fish in Lenmakana jelly
fish lake. This was after a hellish scramble
through trees, over rocks and up a mountain. We arrived at the lake at 7 am.
The more the sun rose, the more the jellyfish came to the surface, a beautiful trip to
CAMERA: Nikon D810, Nikon 8-15 mm Fisheye, 1/125, F/8, ISO
Story: When a
frogfish is hungry, it uses a fake bait called esca to lure its prey. It looks like a
human is fishing. The esca is very small, and the color is not bright so it blends into
the background. So this time I used a snout to light only the face and esca of the
frogfish so it could easily be seen.
CAMERA: CANON 5D Mark IV, EF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM,
1/200, F/20, ISO 200, Retra Flash Pro.
Wobbegong sharks, also known as carpet sharks are found mainly around Australia and
Indonesia. The name ‘Wobbegong’ is believed to come from an Aboriginal language, meaning
‘shaggy beard’, which describes its weed-like whisker lobes surrounding the shark’s jaw.
Wobbegong sharks are ambush predators and are often found hiding under rocks or corals.
This picture was taken in Raja Ampat, Indonesia at a depth of 35 meters. It was rare to
find a wobbegong resting completely out in the open on top of a perfect table coral.
CAMERA: Canon 5D III, Canon EF8-15mm f/4L FISHEYE USM, 1/60,
F/11, ISO 200, Seacam Seaflash 150D x 2.
WINNER SMALL WORLD
Peep through the Window
found this South China tree toad (Annam tree frog) at rest on the foliage of plants in
the forest. I watched from underneath through the holes in the leaves, and I focused on
the head of the amphibian, which was gazing into the surrounding environment. It's like
nature provided a window for me in this exact moment, so I could see into the frog’s
CAMERA: Nikon D3S, Tamron AF 90mm/2.8 macro Lens, 1/125, F/11,
small glowing mushroom, called Shii no Tomoshibitake in Japanese or heavenly light
mushroom in English, is found in only a few places in Japan. Here in Kobe, it grows in a
cluster on only one tree in the forest. It only lives for a few days then dies. This
cute small mushroom's light is very weak so it is difficult to capture the area
surrounding the mushroom. I did not use a light and only used the light of the mushroom
to take the photo. These mushrooms grow in groups in the gaps of narrow trees. They are
lined up neatly and vertically. They appear to be cuddling like a close family.
CAMERA: SONY α7RⅢ , EF 100mm F2.8L MACRO , 30sec, F/6.7, ISO
6400, Gitzo GT5563GS .
HIGHLY HONORED SMALL WORLD
early summer, insects have entered the breeding season. An Orno spider is hiding under a
green banana leaf in The Gaoming Lutian Nature Reserve in Guangdong province, guarding
its jade-colored newborn. The green banana leaf melts into a green world. /span>
this spider in the morning, feeding on its prey an even tinier insect than the already
small spider. Droplets from the morning dew can be seen on the leaf it rests on giving
character to the image.
Camera: Canon EOS 5DS R, Canon 100mm f2.8 MACRO, 1/125, F/8,
ISO 320, YONGNUO YN685.
HIGHLY HONORED SMALL WORLD
rest by the stream
Tianmu Mountain Nature Reserve, this stream is gurgling and crystal clear. This is the
favorite place for neurobasis chinensis. It stands on the stones in the stream, spreads
its wings slightly, and lowers its head slightly to the water, as if it were enjoying
CAMERA: Canon EOS-1D x2, Canon180mm, 1/6, F/11, ISO 160.
HIGHLY HONORED SMALL WORLD
Hawk moth caterpillars in different instars
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
going round my small garden in the morning, I noticed these two Hawk moth caterpillars
on a Desert Rose plant. These are Daphnis Nerii ( Nerium Oleander Moths ) moths and had
finished off all the leaves from Adenium obesum plant. Generally, they feed only on
Oleander plants but occasionally feed on Adenium obesum plants. Both the moth larvae are
in two different instars. The brown one indicates that it is soon going to pupate
underground and later emerge as a moth. That evening, I noticed that the brown one had
CAMERA: Nikon D 300, Micro Nikkor AFS 2.8 / 105mm ED VR, 1/60,
F/22, ISO 200, Nikon SB 800 Speed Light with SC 19 TTL extension cord, Benbo 1
tripod with Gitzo 1275 ball head.
picture was taken during my birding trip to the Keoladeo Ghana bird sanctuary in the
state of Rajasthan, Northern India. We were observing and capturing these darters and
cormorants busy fishing in the large Mansarovar lake at the center of the park. These
birds have wettable plumage which helps them in their underwater fishing technique of
ambushing and stabbing their prey fish with the help of their pointed beak and long
snake-like neck. However, because of this wettable plumage they become temporarily
flightless after their long fishing sessions and need to dry their wings in the sunlight
and do proper preening of their feathers. This particular darter decided to take some
rest from his hour-long fishing activity and chose a branch close to us for drying its
feathers. I took full advantage of the perfect afternoon light and close proximity to
the bird and managed to get a sharp behavioral portrait of the darter, drying his
feathers and preening at the same time.
CAMERA: Nikon D 500, Nikon 200 - 500, 1/1600, F/5.6, ISO 400.
HIGHLY HONORED BIRDS
Black-winged Kites are raptors fight for territory and food. On that day I
hid and waited for them from early morning. Finally, I saw two Black-winged Kites
fighting in the air. It was very exciting and intense.
CAMERA: Canon EOS-1D X Mark III, Canon EF600mm f/4L IS II USM,
1/4000, F/4.5, ISO 640, Gitzo 5332.
Story: A pair
of Ezo owls sunggled together, watching the last few rays wash
over the land. They were bathed in a madder red light, basking in the
glow of the setting sun. They are the true meaning of celestial
CAMERA: Nikon D5, NAF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR, 1/200,
HIGHLY HONORED BIRDS
Mannar, Sri Lanka
Kotte, Sri Lanka
Greater Crested Terns (Thalasseus bergii) are one of the migratory birds to Sri Lanka
and they habituate during mid-year on remote islands (Sandbanks) off the Palk Strait.
Despite an extremely difficult and tiring sea passage and terribly hot and humid
condition with zero shelter, I went on numerous occasions to capture their life and
habitat. Their behavior really portrays a unique natural history. “Nature
is so stunning” I believe. I used a drone to capture their habitat from a different
CAMERA: DJI Mavic Pro Platinum, DJI; FC220,
1/3200, F/2.2, ISO 800.
Olive-backed Sunbird is a common resident in Singapore. They often build their
distinctive hanging nests in close proximity to human structures. This family chose
Kranji Marshes (a wetland reserve in Singapore) to build their home. Using the
surrounding vegetation as a screen, I observed and photographed them with a telephoto
set-up. A higher shutter speed was used to freeze the frantic movement of the nestlings
during each feeding. Despite practicing nature photography for over 10 years, I continue
to be amazed by the beauty and tenacity of these amazing birds; and it is a privilege to
capture their behavior with my lens.
CAMERA: Nikon D500, AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR,
1/1000, F/5.6, ISO 800.
winter morning fog had just lifted when this spot-billed pelican came in low over the
surface of the river to scoop water to carry back to its chicks in the nest. As it
skimmed the surface with its lower bill, the water rushing into its stretched lower
pouch, dragged its head back and under, momentarily causing it to look back upside-down and
dribble its drink. I lay as low as possible in my boat to get down to eye level and
made this image at that instant, before it righted its head and flew on, all in just a
CAMERA: Nikon D5, AF-S Nikko 500mm f/4G ED VR, 1/6400, F/4, ISO 1000.
Story: I love
observing the behaviour of various species in nature. There are such varied and
sometimes really complex behaviors in nature. I always learn more every time I’m in the
wild. This is an example of why I re-visit the same location throughout the year as one
can observe behavior of different wildlife subjects. I went to Kapurthala where I often
travel on weekends with my father for bird photography. The rainy season had just
finished, I saw a few damselflies around and was observing them. Soon I saw a mating
pair of damselflies Coromandel Marsh Dart also known as Yellow Waxtail in a swampy area.
I saw them from a short distance, but it was difficult to capture them as they settled
on the vegetation. I had no other option but to get into the swamp. To get close to
these damselflies I had to wade through the swamp. It was the dense, tangled hostility
of the swamp and its enormous size that enabled hundreds, and perhaps thousands of small
world species to live here in freedom. I was almost thigh deep in muddy water when I saw
them settle in one place for a while. Their mating behavior exhibited a wheel shaped
appearance. They formed an interesting pattern when attached to one another. The male
continued to remain attached to the female, I got down at an eye level and captured this
CAMERA: Nikon D500, Tokina 100mm f/2.8 AT-X M100 AF Pro D
Macro, 1/1600, F/9, ISO 800.
HIGHLY HONORED JUNIOR
photo was taken in November 2020. At that time, I was shooting Red-billed Blue Magpies.
Suddenly, a group of White-throated Laughingthrushes flew over. I quickly turned my
camera to shoot them. One of them looked very funny, just like my favorite game "ANGRY
CAMERA: NIKON D4, AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED VR,
1/1000, F/4, ISO 800, GITZO-GT3530ls.
HIGHLY HONORED JUNIOR
Story: On the
morning of April 11, 2021, in Shenzhen Honghu Park, there were fish in the lake, and
wild birds kept foraging freely, jumping from one lotus leaf to another. I kept taking
photos and got this satisfactory picture.
CAMERA: Cannon EOS-1D X Mark II, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6,
1/1000, F/5.6, ISO 1000.
HIGHLY HONORED JUNIOR
There was a cute infant snuggled in between its mother and another adult. The
peacefulness of the eyes is was struck me as though it was in total bliss tucked
cozily between the other two.
CAMERA: CANON 1Dx, CANON 70-200mm F/2.8, 1/160, F/8, ISO
HIGHLY HONORED JUNIOR
RED SCORES THE WIN
Negombo, Sri Lanka
Negombo, Sri Lanka
Story: I shot
this photo in my home garden. We had a large ipill tree in our backyard, but we
had to cut it down since my father was planning to cultivate vegetables. So he cut it
down and left it in the corner of our garden. The next day when I was walking around I
weaver ants on the tree. So I quickly grabbed my camera and shot some photos. In this
the weaver ants are caring for a queenless ant. With this photo I wanted to show the
work of the ants.
With growing human-animal conflict and the changes we humans are doing by cutting down
the trees has affected millions of birds, mammals and other wildlife. I’m determined to
have people notice that we really need to give space to wildlife. It’s a sad thing that
many forests are now being converted to industrial towns in my state or are being
commercialized, it is really a sad and bad situation. I often travel to
Kapurthala city for birds photography on weekends, an area where there are still a few
birds in spite of industrialization. During this trip in winter season I was surprised
to see that Short Eared Owls were back in town again in spite of industrialization. They
come every winter to this place, and I was glad that they were back again this year. I
was with my father and I was watching this owl family from far away but soon one of the
owls he came straight to the tree guard which was close to us. He looked straight
towards me, I was surprised to see this owl at such a close distance. I captured this
moment when we were looking at each other eye to eye and I felt that this owl wanted to
say to me I C U boy !
CAMERA: Nikon D500, Nikon D500, AF-S NIKKOR 500MM F/4E FL ED
VR, 1/1000, F/4, ISO 640.
Throughout the year, I have been photographing wildlife in the Tohoku Kaido, the
southernmost point of the Far North, which is also my home. Photographers from around
the world focus on Hokkaido in winter, but the so-called "green" season from spring to
autumn also offers wonderful wildlife on a global level. It is possible to observe and
photograph the wonderful nature without being too far away from people's living areas.
It is important to convey this information to people. I believe that conveying this
information will lead to the enlightenment of the importance of nature and consideration
endangered bird species called " Indian Skimmer or Indian Scissors-bill ( Rynchops
albicollis ) and found in India. These birds migrate to Jamnagar, Gujarat and spend
their non-breeding time here. I always wanted to document this bird species and during
previous winter session I grabed
the opportunity and make the most of it. Here I tried presenting the detailed
information on this birds through the Videos.
breeding season for large herons is very attractive.
Their nuptial colors become more vibrant and their decorative feathers more beautiful.
And best of all, they are very affectionate.
The sight of them touching each other's beaks and grooming each other's feathers is
What I want to convey is the "heart shape" that they were expressing..
CAMERA: OM-D E-M1 Mark III, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm F4.0 IS
PRO, F/5.6-8, 1/60, ISO 200.
Every year the barren beaches of Rushikhulya come alive when thousands & sometimes
lakhs of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles, come & lay eggs, a natural historic moment, known
as "Arribada", which in Spanish means "Arrival. Before, laying eggs they mate in the
sea. And once they lay eggs, after a span of 45-60 days, they hatch & the newly born
turtles start their endless journey.
CAMERA: Go Pro Hero 5 & Nikon D7200, Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor
10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR, GJoby JB01516-BWW GorillaPod 500
visited Nepal a few years ago on assignment for a safari lodge. I had access to the
wondrous jungles of Chitwan National Park and its many wild inhabitants like the
critically endangered Gharial and the vulnerable One-Horned Rhino. Although pugmarks
were the closest that I came to a Tiger, I wasn't disheartened and I enjoyed every
bit of Chitwan. This video is a glimpse of 4 beautiful days in the Jungles Of
CAMERA: Sony A7S II with a EF metabones adapter, Canon
50mm, 70-200mm & 600mm.
In 2019 a group of like-minded divers put together an itinerary to visit for 12 days the
amazing underwater sites of the Central Visayas in the Philippines to include such spots
as Dumaguete, Malapascua, Bohol, Cabilao, Balicasag, Cebu, Panglao, Moalboal and more.
The trip brought something new and exciting daily as we visited a number of very healthy
marine preserves that produced many colorful and unusual invertebrates, a very close
encounter with the graceful thresher shark, large shoals of fish, whales sharks, sea
turtles galore and stunning, healthy corals. This trip and the resulting video is a
testament to the marine protected areas that the Philippines has invested a lot of time
and education in to help preserve the reefs and sustain tourism. During these hard
times, we wish our hosts the best and hope visitors can soon return to see these ocean
CAMERA: Panasonic GH4, Gopro & Osmo Action Cams,
Panasonic 7-14mm, also 8mm and 30mm macro, DJI Mavic Pro, Orcatorch 10,000 video lights