lunes, 30 de abril de 2012

Concurso alemão premia os melhores fotógrafos de natureza

A foto "Toad Migration" (Migração de Sapo, em tradução livre), do fotógrafo alemão Klaus Tamm, foi a grande vencedora do GDT Nature Photographer of the Year 2012, concurso realizado pela Gesellschaft Deutscher Tierfotografen, a Sociedade de Fotógrafos Alemães de Animais.
Tamm registrou a imagem ao tentar salvar sapos que atravessavam uma estrada. "O animal se movia muito devagar por conta da noite fria e eu consegui uma foto com o farol do carro em que estava".
"A superfície molhada da estrada com seus reflexos ajudou a formar uma boa composição", disse o fotógrafo.
Neste ano, o concurso recebeu 3.252 fotos, enviadas por 225 membros da sociedade.
O concurso é dividido em sete categorias, entre elas pássaros, mamíferos e paisagens.

O alemão Klaus Tamm fez a foto acima ao tentar salvar sapos que atravessavam uma estrada. “O animal se movia muito devagar por conta da noite fria e eu consegui uma foto com o farol do carro em que estava”. Com a imagem, ele venceu o GDT Nature Photographer of the Year, que premia fotógrafos de natureza.

O concurso anual recebeu 3.252 imagens de 225 fotógrafos em sete países. A fotografia acima, de Rolf Muller, foi premiada na categoria Mamíferos.

O fotógrafo Uwe Naeve ficou em primeiro lugar na categoria especial do ano Habit Mainho na Alemanhã.

Na categoria Pássaros, a fotografia de Inglo Plenk foi a vencedora. O concurso é dividido em sete categorias. Entre elas, pássaros, mamíferos e paisagens.

O fotógrafo Martin Schmidt foi o primeiro lugar na categoria Paisagens.

A fotografia acima ficou na sexta posição na categoria Outros Animais.

A fotografia de Hermann Hirsch foi a sexta colocada na categoria Mamíferos.

“Taiga Spirit”, de Serge Sorbi conquistou o quarto lugar na categoria Passáros.

A foto acima, de Werner Bollmann, ficou em segundo lugar na categoria Passáros.

Com esta foto, Klaus Echle conquistou o sexto lugar na categoria Passáros.

A foto de um pinguim de Michael Lohmann conquistou a terceira posição na categoria Passáros.

Fonte: BBC Brasil 

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs

Ctiron-throated toucan photographed on the Caribbean coast of Colombia...
Art Wolfe / Art Wolfe Stock

The abundance of life! Great white pelican and lesser flamingoes bring life to a remote, salt lake...
Erik van der Ven

Giant kingfishers are the largest kingfisher on earth and are always a wonderful sighting.
Mauro Catalano

Cape Canary is a common and gregarious seedeater. Here enjoying some seeds developing in summer flowers.
Anja Denker

Resident populations of bearded vulture are found in the high mountains of southern Europe, North Africa, Southern Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and Tibet. (Burkhard Schlosser
Burkhard Schlosser

The mind-blowing golden-hooded tanager is resident from southern Mexico all the way south to western Ecuador. Here photographed in Costa Rica.
Nina Stavlund

Blue tits are widespread and a common resident breeder throughout temperate and subarctic Europe and western Asia in deciduous or mixed woodlands with a high proportion of oak.
Geir Jensen

Baby blue on barbed wire! Blue waxbill in Marloth Park on the Southern end of Kruger National Park (South Africa).
Mauro Catalano

Eurasian nuthatch striking a pose while looking at the photographer. Their old name “nut-hack” came from their habit of wedging a nut in a tree crevice, and then hacking away at it with their strong bills.
Sven Polenat

Pied kingfisher in front of the waves... These amazing black-and-white kingfishers are distributed from South Africa to the other side of Asia.
Burkhard Schlosser

Western gull at a colony near San Francisco. Their restricted range (for a gull...) is a conservation concern...
Focus on Trevor /

Tawny eagle standing sentinel over the African bush. Stunning sighting in the Kruger National Park (South Africa)
Rodnick Biljon

Southern red-billed hornbill checking out the photographer in the Kruger National Park (South Africa)
Chris Martin /

Red-billed oxpeckers gathering on the back of a buffalo. These specialists are hanging on in the protected savannas of sub-Saharan Africa.
Rodnick Biljon

Majestic steppe eagle photographed in India. They are the national animal of Egypt.
Rohit Singh

Fischer's lovebird are a common sighting in the Serengeti National Park (Ndutu, Tanzania)

The eastern black-capped lory inhabits the primary forest and forest edges in most lowland areas up to 1000m in Papua New Guinea.

Yellow-billed kingfisher is widespread throughout lowland Papua New Guinea and the adjacent islands.

King penguin chicks are born without the oily outer layer and cannot fish until maturity.
Art Wolfe / Art Wolfe Stock

Grey-headed kingfishers have a wide distribution from the Cape Verde Islands off the north-west coast of Africa to Mauritania, Senegal and Gambia, east to Ethiopia, Somalia and southern Arabia and south to South Africa.
Herman van der Hart

Squadron of pelicans flying through the harbour...
Erik van der Ven

Common ringed plovers breed on open ground on beaches and flats across northern Eurasia and the Arctic NE, wintering in coastal areas in Africa.
Geir Jensen

Malachite kingfisher with a great catch! They are a river kingfisher that is widely-distributed in sub-Saharan Africa.
Chris Krog

Black-capped chickadees are well-known for their bravery around humans.
Sven Polenat

Extreme close-up of a Cape glossy starling that shows off their amazing iridescent plumage. Stunning!
Adam Kotze

Credits: National Geographic

domingo, 29 de abril de 2012

Best Underwater Pictures: Winners of 2012 Amateur Contest

Overall Winner

Photograph courtesy Ximena Olds, RSMAS
A headshield sea slug pauses on a blade of grass in the U.S. Virgin Islands in the winning image of the University of Miami's 2012 amateur Underwater Photography Contest, whose results were announced this month.
"Everybody looked at that photo and said, Wow ... Everything is just so appealing to the eye," according to judge Michael Schmale, an amateur underwater photographer and professor of marine biology and fisheries at the university.
The judges—Schmale and two other underwater photographers—were also impressed by how sharply photographer Ximena Olds captured the tiny creature, which is less than an inch (2.5 centimeters) long.
"One of the great things about a contest like this is that it gets people seeing the ocean through other eyes," Schmale said.
"A really good photographer, like a painter or sculptor, doesn't just make a snapshot of something—but they capture something about the environment that strikes them."

First Place: Macro Photography

Photograph courtesy Todd Mintz, RSMAS
Two yellownose gobies peek out of a brain coral off the Caribbean island of Bonaire (map) in a macro, or close-up, picture.
"There's something really appealing at looking at the macro world," Schmale said. "All three of the [winning] macro photos made a huge impression on me."
Created in 2005 for South Florida photographers, the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science's Underwater Photography Contest has surprised organizers by catching on internationally. This year's competition saw 500 entries from around the world, Schmale noted.

First Place: Marine Animal Portrait

Photograph courtesy Douglas Kahle, RSMAS
Pictures of whales in the open ocean "often take my breath away, because I realize what an incredible encounter that must have been—to be that close to a juvenile sperm whale [pictured], which, by the way, probably has a watchful mother nearly," Schmale said.
In this image captured near the Caribbean island of Dominica, "you see the dappled sunlight on the whale's nose—the whole feeling of that photo conveys just an incredibly dramatic scene."

Second Place: Marine Life Portrait

Photograph courtesy Rockford Draper, RSMAS
An Eschmeyer's scorpionfish stares down the camera in Bali, Indonesia.
The "remarkable and very rare fish" has some clever adaptations to blend into its environment, Schmale said.
In addition to its camouflaging colors, the fish has transparent spots in its pectoral fins. The "windows" help break up its outline, making it easier to sneak up on prey.
Lastly, the fish's false eyes (the two white dots) might also help trick prey, Schmale speculated.

Second Place: Student Photography

Photograph courtesy Philip Gillette, RSMAS
Harlequin shrimp—such as the one in this winning picture taken in Thailand's Similan Islands—mate for life, and the pairs work together to capture and kill their favorite prey: starfish.
One of the shrimp locates a starfish, flips it over, and drags the prey into the shrimp's lair. The couple then devours the starfish's internal organs, starting from the tips of its arms down to its central disk—keeping their victim alive for as long as possible.

Second Place: Wide-Angle

Photograph courtesy Matt Potenski, RSMAS

Schools of fish flash among red mangrove in the Bahamian island of South Bimini.
Mangroves serve as vital, intermediate nurseries as coral reef fish journey from their "cribs" in seagrass beds to the large coral reef ecosystems where the fish spend their adulthoods.

Second Place: Macro Photography

Photograph courtesy Davide Lopresti, RSMAS
Perhaps only a half inch (1.3 centimeters) long, according to Schmale, a porcelain crab perches on a feathery sea pen in Komodo National Park, Indonesia.
"The color palette is almost monochromatic ... I thought that was beautiful," Schmale said.

Third Place: Marine Life Portrait

Photograph courtesy Nicholas Samaras, RSMAS
Nudibranchs—such as this Cratena peregrina caught on camera off Greece—are roughly finger-size sea slugs whose 3,000-odd species thrive in seas cold and warm, shallow and deep. Whereas their ancient ancestors slipped across the seafloor in defensive shells, these gastropods come armed with toxic secretions and stinging cells.
(See video of nudibranchs from National Geographic magazine.)

Third Place: Macro Photography

Photograph courtesy Marcello Di Francisco, RSMAS
Emperor shrimp hitchhike on the back of a sea cucumber in Ambon, Indonesia.
The tiny shrimp—each eye is only a millimeter wide—use the sea cucumbers as dining cars, eating whatever passes by.
The "picture captures that environment—they're riding on top of the train," Schmale said.

Third Place: Student Photography

Photograph courtesy Austin Gallagher, RSMAS
A young tiger shark (top) and lemon shark hover near the sea bottom in the Bahamas.
A widespread species, the tiger shark is comfortable in both the open ocean as well as shallow coastal waters, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History.
The less wide-ranging lemon shark inhabits subtropical, shallow waters among coral reefs, mangroves, enclosed bays, sounds, and river mouths.

Third Place: Wide-Angle

Photograph courtesy Bill Lamp'l, RSMAS
Orange anthias fish swim amid soft corals in the Fiji Islands. Coral reefs cover less than one percent of the ocean floor but support about 25 percent of all marine creatures, according to the Coral Reef Alliance.

Fan Favorite

Photograph courtesy Todd Aki, RSMAS
Backlighted by the rising sun, a sea nettle jellyfish pulses across California's Monterey Bay in the Rosenstiel School contest's first "fan favorite" picture, chosen via online poll.
Its trailing appendages covered in stinging cells, a sea nettle typically transfers captured prey from the jelly's slender tentacles to its ruffled mouth-arms to its mouth, hidden inside the sea nettle's bell. (See pictures of giant jellyfish off Japan.)

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