Concursul National Geographic 2011 - fotografia nr. 1: Trees cocooned in spiders webs after flooding in Pakistan, 7 December 2010 - Russell Watkins
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'An unexpected side-effect of the 2010 flooding in parts of Sindh, Pakistan, was that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters; because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that the water took so long to recede, many trees became cocooned in spiders webs. People in the area had never seen this phenomenon before, but they also reported that there were less mosquitos than they would have expected, given the amount of standing water that was left. Not being bitten by mosquitos was one small blessing for people that had lost everything in the floods'
The bonobo chimpanzee stares blankly at the camera, the stingray swims beautifully under the water’s surface and the baby kangaroo pokes its head out from mother’s pouch. These astonishing pictures in a prestigious photography competition show the beauty of weird and wonderful nature on Earth.
A lynx can be seen flinching its ear at bothersome gnats in Alaska, a gecko appears startled at a photographer’s presence in Hawaii and Australian Sea lions play in the shallows of Hopkins Island. And in Pakistan millions of spiders were pictured having climbed up into trees to escape rising flood waters.
‘We want to challenge photographers to capture true moments enhanced by composition, lighting and mood - without enhancement through digital effects, photo stitches, HDR and fisheye lenses,’ National Geographic magazine’s executive editor for photography Kurt Mutchler said.
The National Geographic Society was founded in 1888 and is one of the world’s largest non-profit science and educational groups, reaching around 400 million people every month. The winner of National Geographic’s 2011 Photography Contest receives prize money of $10,000.