15 Of the Best Shots of Mother Nature From The 2021 Big-Picture Natural World Photography Contest
6 “Tough Negotiation”- Terrestrial Wildlife Finalist, by Ayala Fishaimer, Judean Foothills, Israel
The picture reveals a predator with its prey in a dire situation. The Arabian red fox cub which emerged from its den stares down at a hapless shrew in the sand before playing with it. However, the terrified shrew seems to be pleading for its life.
7 “Treasure on Ice”- Aquatic Life Finalist, by Marek Jackowski, Svalbard, Norway
This particular shot highlights the immediate concerns of climate change. Sea ice is disappearing at a rapid pace which is causing polar bears and other wildlife to lose their cold habitat. This male polar bear can be seen settling down at dusk on a small iceberg which will be his refuge for the night.
8 “Ropewalker”- Winged Life Finalist, by Nicolas Reusens, Papallacta, Ecuador
The sight of a speckled hummingbird balancing on the beak of a sword-billed hummingbird was something the photographer of this shot had never seen before, in all his 10 years of observing hummingbirds. This stunning feat which he witnessed after 6 days of shooting, became his best entry for the 2021 Big-Picture Natural World Photography Contest.
9 “Foxfence”- Human/Nature Finalist, by Peter Mather, Whitehorse, Canada
Urban foxes are known to den in fenced-off areas. They choose these sites because they provide excellent escape routes from coyotes and dogs. This photo is of a fox kit along with other playful siblings emerging out of their den in downtown Whitehouse for a little bit of playtime.
10 “Jumbo Roadblock”, Terrestrial Wildlife Finalist, by Jagdeep Rajput, Corbett National Park, India
The herd of elephants in the photograph can be seen slowly marching in formation to create a protective front row that will protect their young by keeping them safe in the middle. This clearly demonstrates these animals’ right of way and social-behavioral instincts. These Asian elephants were making their way through from an adjoining national park.