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Nature TTL Photographer of the Year 2021 Winners
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, June 3, 2021 @ 07:30 PM (EST)

The organizers of the Nature TTL Photographer of the Year competition have announced the winners of this year’s contest. The first prize went to Canadian photographer Thomas Vijayan for his clever shot of an orangutan with the sky reflected in water, which was captured in Borneo. The image, called “The World Is Going Upside Down,” beat more than 8,000 entries and clinched a £1,500 ($2,115) cash prize.

But the Underwater category also contains some fabulous winning images, photographed by some well-known members of the DPG community. The overall winner of the category was DPG Photographer of the Week and Ikelite Ambassador Grant Thomas, who caught a manta ray in the act of feeding on plankton in the waters of the Maldives. The jaw-dropping picture, entitled “Manta Space Ship,” was shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with a 8–15mm fisheye lens. Impressively, Grant also picked up an honorable mention for his beautiful image of a bluebottle jellyfish backlit by the rising sun, which he captured in Sydney, Australia.

The runner-up in the Underwater category was another stark portrait, in this case photographed during a blackwater dive. Zhi’yue Shi’s coiled eel, simply title “Round,” was also shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV—with the help of a 100mm macro lens and a lot of patience.

You can see the complete winners gallery on the Nature TTL website.

Underwater Category Winner: “Manta Space Ship” by Grant Thomas

Underwater Category Runner-up: “Round” by Zhi’yue Shi

Underwater Category Highly Commended: “My New Toy” by Celia Kujala

Underwater Category Highly Commended: “Bluebottle Sunrise” by Grant Thomas

Underwater Category Highly Commended: “Dolphin Silhouettes” by Richard Condlyffe

Underwater Category Highly Commended: “European Whale Sharks” by Nuno Vasco Rodrigues



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