French photographer Florian Ledoux has won the first Natural TTL Photographer of the Year award for his incredible drone aerial photography, capturing spectacular images of crab seals gathering on a floating ice,media New Atlas reported. Ledoux’s wonderful work stands out from 7,000 entries from more than 100 countries.
The new photography competition was organized by Nature TTL, a new resource created by wildlife photographer Will Nichols to provide educational tutorials and features to assist amateur and professional natural photographers. The organizers also attached interviews from photographers to the winning images to learn about the creative process of photographers such as Ledoux and provided amateur drone photographers with advice on how to use the technology to deal with wildlife.
“It’s important to be conscious and ethical when using drones with wildlife,” ledoux said. Be aware of the animal’s behavior and don’t scare it. You should use drone photography in the same way as on-the-ground wildlife photography. Slow movement and proximity from very high levels reduce the risk of interference. When the height is high, I capture the panoramic image, then slowly descend and stop the drone at different altitudes to make sure the animals are not frightened. “
The competition is divided into three main categories: Landscape, Wildlife and Macro. Additional prizes will also be offered to photographers under the age of 16 and the People’s Choice Awards.
In addition, photographer Robert Ferguson won the People’s Choice Award for his captivatingly giant white slug swashes for swallowing a fish.
Ferguson explains: “I’ve set up cameras to take some images and observe their behavior, and Notice that a special bird caught one of the big fish from the pond. I watched curiously as the bird flew around, drinking water, and then tried to swallow the big prey that used it. But every time a fish sticks a sharp thorn in its fin (you’ll see it hooked on the gills) and secures the underground. The whole process lasted more than 20 minutes, and no one showed signs of fatigue. “
Other highlights of the impressive new photo contest include a beautiful drone photo showing a flock of sheep seeking refuge in the sun in the afternoon’s shadow, terrified owls spooked by a thumping crow, and a scary image of a spider web.
Click on nature TTL’s website to view all the winning images.