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Updated: April 5, 2013 04:05 IST

BiodiverCity in our backyards

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The behavioural aspect of ants is captured by Michale Nongthombam.
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The behavioural aspect of ants is captured by Michale Nongthombam.

The objective of the competition was to raise awareness about the rich flora and fauna found in urban areas

The Nature Forever Society has announced the winners of the BiodiverCity Photo Contest that was a resounding success having attracted a large number of entries.

The objective of the contest — to raise awareness about the rich flora and fauna found in the backyard of people — has indeed been met.

Armed with whatever cameras they had, people captured images that ranged from ants to reptiles and helped in the mission of photo documentation.

It was a challenging task for ace photographer Sudhir Shivaram to go through so many photographs and choose the winners.

“The idea was not to look at these photos from a mere technical angle but how these little creatures pushed to the corner were adapting to the new challenging urban environment,” said Mohammed Dilawar of NFS.

Winners

Three were chosen winners and two for special mention.

The first prize was won by Thangaraj Sakthivel for the photo “Pelicans on transmission tower”.

It is rated as a good example of how the birds have adapted to urbanisation, perfectly depicting the theme of the competition, says Mr. Dilawar.

The photographer has composed the image well showing the roosting of Pelicans on the wire and the transmission tower in the background. The second prize was won by Michale Nongthombam for the “pretty crisp and sharp image” of ants, focussing on their behavioural aspect. The third spot was taken by Lakshmi Annamalai, for the photo “Birds beside apartments”.

It was treated as another example of how the birds have adapted to new developments in the cities. Finding four different species on the same tree is not something we get to see regularly, Mr. Dilawar added. Dr. K. Rajesh and Niraj Mani Chaurasia earned special mentions.

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