The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has been a stark wake-up call for humankind. Or so we hope. There has never been a stronger message to stop messing with the environment and to do everything we can to conserve it. Unless we bring about substantial reforms, this dangerously unbalanced relationship we have with nature is bound to create even more deadly outbreaks.
The Nature inFocus Photography Awards have always generated an impressive catalogue of imaginative and artistic images, and this year it is no different. Every single image in this collection has urgent stories to share about the natural world, from remarkable natural history moments to pressing conservation issues, and it is about time we as a race stood up and paid attention.
The pandemic meant that we had to skip the Nature inFocus Festival this year, and the opportunity to meet the community and put names to faces. Instead, the results of the much-anticipated Nature inFocus Photography Awards 2020 were announced at a live virtual event on September 1, 2020.
Yashpal Rathore won the top honour – Nature inFocus Photograph of the Year – for his stunning shot of a bat frozen in flight against the urban sprawl of Bangalore. The image won the top prize in the Wildscape & Animals in Habitat category.
For the first time in the history of the competition, a Special Jury Award was awarded to a participant. Swedish photographer Magnus Lundgren became the maiden winner of the award, whose work won three prizes and had made it to the final round of judging in all categories for adults.
Sitara Karthikeyan won the Young Photographer title.
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