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Spell-binding pictures win at this years nature photograph awards

Spell-binding pictures win at this years nature photography awards

A RARE predator brutally snatching a flamingo, a huge lion and a stunning ray all scooped gongs at this year’s Nature TTL Photographer of the Year competition.

The world-wide competition gathered over 8,000 spell-binding pictures from across the globe, with the winner receiving a £1,500 cash prize.

The competition was won by American aspiring wildlife photographer Dennis Stogsdill, whose photo “A Cat and Its Prize” was snapped at Lake Ndutu, in the Republic of Tanzania.

While in the Serengeti, he received word that a serval was hunting birds alongside the shore of the 40-mile lake.

After racing across, he found it was in fact the usually nocturnal Caracal, hunting the flamingos feeding in the shallows.

It started hunting within a minute of them arriving and shortly after he captured his award-winning photo as it walked off with its prize in its teeth.

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A Snow leopard scans for prey across the jagged peaks of the
Ladakh mountain range in India. Credit: Sascha Fonseca

Will Nicholls, Founder of Nature TTL said: “This is nature at its most raw.

“ The caracal is soaked from chasing the flamingos through the waters, but has come out on top.

“The contrasting colours against the dark surroundings really make this image pop. 

“A wonderful scene to have been able to observe no doubt, let alone capture exquisitely on camera.”

The youth prize was given to 13-year-old Achintya Murthy, of India, for his image of two malabar parakeets fighting in Karnataka.

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A Cat and Its Prize. Winner of the Animal Behaviour catagory. Credit: Dennis Stogsdill

The competition included eight different categories: Animal Behaviour, Camera Traps, Landscapes, Small World, The Night Sky, Underwater, Urban Wildlife, and Wild Portraits.

Polish photographer Tomasz Szpila also won plaudits for his picture “I See You”, showing a huge lion staring the intrepid snapper down between his brothers.

Tomasz said: “When a huge lion looks you right in the eyes, you immediately forget that you are sitting safely in the car.

“ Instinctively, you cower and slowly retreat deeper inside the car so as not to provoke a predator. 

“Fortunately, he and his brothers were busy consuming the young buffalo that had been hunted several minutes earlier.”

A third stunning underwater snap shows a Pink Whipray swimming serenely through a swirl of Bannerfishes.

Taken late in the afternoon, Swiss photographer Andy Schmid captured the image with the Maldives setting sun on the background.

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A Micro-moth (Micropterix calthella) covered in golden balls of pollen. Credit: Tim Crabb
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