An Indonesian photographer has won a natural photography competition on the global photography social network Agora with an incredible photo of a chameleon sticking out its long tongue to prey on a dragonfly,media New Atlas reported. New Atlas has selected some surprising images from the top 50 entries, covering a unique set of perspectives on the magical natural world.
Agora presents itself as a social network similar to Instagram or Flickr, but pays particular attention to watermark-protected HD images. Each week, the platform hosts small competitions on different themes, and the community votes for the best photos and wins a $1,000 prize.
The platform’s Natural Photography Competition produced some truly spectacular collections of shots, with organizers receiving more than 11,000 entries from around the world and 50 finalists. After a week of voting, Indonesian user Georock 888 won the title with a photo called “Strike.”
Japanese photographer Reiko T’s photograph of “Miracle” was also a highlight of the top 50. There was a rainbow in the background, and the humpback whale just jumped out of the water, and the photo was unexpected and unplanned.
“I planned to go to South Africa last June to photograph sardine migration. Unfortunately, the sardine migration plan failed: we searched for them all day, but they never showed up,” says Reiko. “But I can see the best: blue skies, white clouds, rainbows and whale jumps!” It’s just a miracle. “
Other high-profile photographs include the verdant and iconic Grass Hat Mountain in Iceland, one of the scenes of Game of Thrones; an impressive proportion of giant trees in the Sequoia National Park in the United States; and a gruesome portrait of a camouflaged crocodile in Indonesia.
Click here to see other finalists in the Agora Nature Photography Competition.