British Ecological Society pictures competitors 2020 winners revealed

(CNN) – Pictures of a jumping spider, elusive gecko, and fighting birds are among a selection of amazing photos selected in this year’s British Ecological Society photo competition.

The overall winner of the competition is a picture of a flying Dalmatian pelican by Alwin Hardenbol, the organizers announced in a press release on Thursday.

There were several prize categories and an additional 16 highly acclaimed images.

Hardenbol said he took thousands of pictures to perfect the shot.

“I named this picture ‘The Art of Flying’ because the wings of this bird appear impressive in the picture. You can almost see the bird flying in front of you, even though it is a still picture,” said Hardenbol.

“Winning such a competition as an ecologist gives me the opportunity to continue to combine my research with my passion for nature photography.”

Hardenbol’s photo “perfectly captures the bird’s movement, grace and beauty,” said Jane Memmott, president of the British Ecological Society, adding it was “a challenging photo and a deserved winner.”

Hardenbol also won the People and Nature category with a photo of a black-legged kittiwake pictured on a building in Varanger, Norway.

Other winners are the picture of a large, gloomy rapids on a rock near the Iguazu Falls in Argentina, taken by the overall winner of the student, Pablo Javier Merlo. The birds fly in and out of the 80-meter waterfalls and are locally known as “waterfall swifts”.

“The Iguazú National Park is of remarkable importance as it protects a very diverse natural ecosystem and the rapid waterfall is an important symbol of Iguazú and its diversity,” said Merlo.

The six-member jury included wildlife photographer Gabriela Staebler, who congratulated those who were behind the impressive pictures.

“The standout images show not only great photography skills, but love and emotion for wildlife,” she said. “With their effects on people, they will help preserve nature.”

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