Photographers from everywhere in the world entered greater than 22,000 photos into the Chook Photographer of the Yr 2021 competitors, every with their eyes on the £5,000 (about $6,940) grand prize.
Mexican photographer Alejandro Prieto received this 12 months’s grand prize for his poignant picture of a Larger Roadrunner stopped in its tracks on the U.S.-Mexico border wall. He took the picture at Naco, Arizona, a border city south of Bisbee.
“The border wall crosses deserts, mountains, and even mangroves. It’s not simply desert, and is actually very biodiverse with greater than 1,500 animal and vegetation species threatened by the wall,” says Prieto. “I’ve watched many various animals attain the wall earlier than turning round and heading again.”
The border wall poses an actual risk to biodiversity within the space by habitat fragmentation. It bodily blocks essential migration routes for animals such because the lengthy horn sheep, pronghorn, black bear, bison, and even jaguar.
“Prieto’s picture instantly caught the eye of the judges. It’s not your typical hen picture, and the story behind the picture is so robust,” says Will Nicholls, director of Chook Photographer of the Yr. “The roadrunner seems so weak going through as much as the large border wall that dominates the body.
Chook Photographer of the Yr has conservation at its coronary heart. This 12 months, the competitors donated greater than £8,000 (about $11,108) of important funding to companion charity Birds on the Brink (), which helps grassroots hen conservation tasks all over the world.
The Younger Chook Photographer of the Yr 2021 was awarded to 17-year-old Swiss photographer Levi Fitze for his picture of a Black Grouse lekking at dawn, under.