- Jonathan Amos
- BBC Science Correspondent
When the female grouper threw its eggs, several males scrambled to ejaculate sperm. This hot scene happened at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
The photos taken by Laurent Ballesta on the bottom of the Fakarava Atoll in the South Pacific won the world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
The prize jury chairman Roz Kidman Cox (Roz Kidman Cox) said that this photo is also a masterpiece from a technical perspective.
“Part of the reason for being able to create such a work is the point of time, which is a full moon night; in addition, I have grasped the timing and knew to shoot at the precise moment.”
The clear water grouper spawns in July every year. It is reported that as many as 20,000 groupers are attracted at the time of spawning, and many reef sharks are waiting for a big meal. Overfishing poses a threat to clearwater groupers, but this photo was taken in a grouper reserve.
Laurent said: “We spent five years around this place and 3,000 hours of diving to capture this special moment.”
“I particularly like this picture because the shape of the clumped eggs looks like an upside-down question mark. This is a question about the future of these eggs, because only one in a million eggs will survive and grow to adulthood. , But it may even symbolize the future of nature. This is a very important issue related to the future of nature.”
Laurent is a French photographer. In addition to winning the Wildlife Photography Award, he also won the underwater photography category award in this competition.
“Dome Home” (Dome Home), photographer: Vidyun R Hebbar (Vidyun R Hebbar)
Vidyun R Hebbar, a 10-year-old boy from India, became the young wildlife photographer of the year with this photo of the orange cloud spider. This photo is called “Dome Home” (Dome Home).
The blurred green and yellow in the background are the colors of three-wheeled taxis unique to India.
The chairman of the jury, Roz Kidman Cox, told the BBC, “The focus of this photo is extremely clear. If you zoom in on the photo, you can see the spider’s small fangs. I like the way it is viewed, you You can see the texture and structure of the spider web.”
Wei Duan said: “It is very difficult to focus on the orange cloud spider, because every time a car passes by, the web will shake.”
The World Wildlife Photography Awards have been held since 1994, and the organizer is the Natural History Museum in London.
The competition attracts tens of thousands of participants every year. If you want to know the photos of other categories, please continue to look down.
“Elephant in the room” (Elephant in the room), photographer: Adam Oswell (Adam Oswell) of Australia
Adam Oswell won the photojournalism award for this photo. In the photo, visitors in the Thai zoo are watching an underwater performance by a baby elephant. There are more and more elephant-themed tours all over Asia. In Thailand, the number of captive elephants now exceeds the total number of wild elephants.
“The healing touch”, photographer: Brent Stirton, South Africa
This photo of Brent Stadton was awarded the Photojournalist Story Award. His series of pictures introduces a chimpanzee rehabilitation center where chimpanzees orphaned by the bush game trade in Africa are taken care of. The director of the center introduced a newly rescued chimpanzee to the old residents of the rehabilitation center.
“Head to Head”, photographer: Stefano Unterthiner (Italy)
The World Wildlife Photography Awards always have some good snow scene photos, and this one won the grand prize in the category of mammalian behavior. Under the photographer’s lens, two reindeer are fighting for a spouse. Stefano Antesinel said that when he watched the battle, he was immersed in “smell, roar, exhaustion and pain.”
“Reflection”, photographer: Majed Ali (Kuwait)
After a four-hour trek, Majeed Ali saw Kiband, a nearly 40-year-old mountain gorilla in Bwindi National Park in southwest Uganda.
Majeed recalled: “The more we climbed up the mountain, the hotter and humid the weather. The moment shown in this photo is Kiband’s expression when it rains.” The photo won the animal portrait category. .
“Road to ruin”, photographer: Javier Lafuente (Spain)
In this photo of Javier La Fuente, a straight line runs across the wetland landscape composed of different curves. More than one hundred kinds of birds live in this wetland. But this road, built in the 1980s, divides the wetland into two and provides convenient access to the beach for mankind. The photo won the Wetland: Grand Background Photography Award.
“Spinning the cradle”, photographer: Gil Wizen
Gil Wei was an entomologist and an expert in photography. This fishing spider is spinning and weaving egg sacs. This spider is common in wetlands and temperate forests in eastern North America. This image won a photography award in the invertebrate behavior category.
The annual wildlife photography exhibition opened at the Natural History Museum in London on October 15 and will be exhibited in various places in the UK and Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, and the United States.