Shut-Up Photographer of the 12 months (CUPOTY) is a type of contests I at all times look ahead to. To start out off the brand new 12 months with numerous inspiring photographs, the competitors has shared its winners and runner-ups, they usually’re completely beautiful.
Canadian photographer Samantha Stephens is the general winner of this 12 months’s contest, and her placing picture reveals one thing you don’t see day by day: a pair of salamanders being consumed by a carnivorous pitcher plant. As at all times, there are loads extra of nice images among the many class winners, so let’s dive in and verify them out.
Samantha took her successful picture in Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada. Apart from the general win, it additionally introduced her first place within the Animals class. And the competitors was robust: the fourth annual contest attracted greater than 9,000 entries from 54 nations.
“Northern Pitcher Crops usually feast on moths and flies,” Samantha explains, “however researchers on the Algonquin Wildlife Analysis Station not too long ago found a stunning new merchandise on the plant’s menu: juvenile Noticed Salamanders.”
“Whereas following researchers on their day by day surveys I noticed a pitcher with two salamanders floating on the floor of the pitcher’s fluid, each on the similar stage of decay. I knew it was a particular and fleeting second. The subsequent day, each salamanders had sunk to the underside of the pitcher.”
Samantha shall be awarded a £2,500 (~US$3,000) money prize and the Shut-Up Photographer of the 12 months trophy. She additionally sees her work exhibited to a world viewers within the Prime 100 on-line gallery on CUPOTY’s website.
Shut-Up Photographer of the 12 months acknowledges winners in 11 totally different classes. Check out all of them under, and ensure to go to CUPOTY’s website for extra photographs and extra data.