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Frogs sheltering from the rain and cuddling baby orangutans scoop top prizes in photo competition

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Frogs sheltering from the rain and cuddling baby orangutans scoop top prizes in photo competition
Frogs sheltering from the rain and cuddling baby orangutans scoop top prizes in photo competition

Phenomenal photos of landscapes, wild animals and mankind won high praise in a top contest celebrating snaps from around the world.

These shots wowed the judges of the Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year 2021 contest.

Pedro Jarque Krebs’s breathtaking shot of two Bornean orang-utans cuddling lovingly is a masterclass in photography – and won the Revealing Nature Category.

Describing his winning photo, he said: ‘I have to admit that this baby orangutan totally seduced me in this photo shoot.

‘He is barely nine months old, but he is very alert and curious, and pays attention to everything he can learn.

‘It’s amazing how similar we can be to them. They are extremely intelligent. And the fusion he has with his mother is touching.’

Nesting, a shot of a flamingo checking its egg during incubation, by Pedro Jarque Krebs also picked up a Gold Award in the Revealing Nature category

Nesting, a shot of a flamingo checking its egg during incubation, by Pedro Jarque Krebs also picked up a Gold Award in the Revealing Nature category

Pedro Jarque Krebs's breathtaking shot of two Bornean orang-utans cuddling lovingly is a masterclass in photography - and won the Revealing Nature Category

Pedro Jarque Krebs’s breathtaking shot of two Bornean orang-utans cuddling lovingly is a masterclass in photography – and won the Revealing Nature Category

Chin Leong Teo impressed multiple entries, but it was the incredible frame of three frogs sheltering from rain that stormed to success

Chin Leong Teo impressed multiple entries, but it was the incredible frame of three frogs sheltering from rain that stormed to success

Another of Krebs' shots - this of a playful baby Asian elephant sitting on its mother's back  - also picked up a Gold Award in the Revealing Nature category

Another of Krebs’ shots – this of a playful baby Asian elephant sitting on its mother’s back  – also picked up a Gold Award in the Revealing Nature category

Renowned travel photographer Chin, from Singapore, also picked up a Gold Award for this capture of a frog leaping through the air

Renowned travel photographer Chin, from Singapore, also picked up a Gold Award for this capture of a frog leaping through the air

Pedro Jarque Krebs wowed the judges with several shots, including this one titled 'singing in the rain', which picked up a Gold Award in the Revealing Nature category

Pedro Jarque Krebs wowed the judges with several shots, including this one titled ‘singing in the rain’, which picked up a Gold Award in the Revealing Nature category

Chin Leong Teo impressed multiple entries, but it was the incredible frame of three frogs sheltering from rain that stormed to success.

Renowned travel photographer Chin, from Singapore, started his photography pursuit in 2013 and quickly gained international recognition and accolades.

Australian snapper Robin Moon mesmerised the judges with her triple action capture of flying fruit bats acrobatically swooping about a lake in Sydney, Australia.

She added: ‘These little grey headed flying foxes are tough to shoot – very tiny, fast and at dusk only do they fly.’

‘When summer is at its peak they are in danger of dying from heat exhaustion as they sleep during the day and can literally drop dead out of their trees.’

Serial photo contest winner Azim Khan Ronnie could only pick up a silver gong with a powerful entry showing daily life in Bangladesh.

Describing the photo, Azim said: ‘Children weave in and out of scores of giant cones as they roll bike tyres around a rice processing plant.

‘The playful youngsters dart between the large ‘topas’ which protect the drying rice overnight. More than 30 children turned the rice mill in Kishoreganj, Bangladesh, into an obstacle course.’

This shot of a blue viper, a highly venomous pit viper sub-species native to Southeast Asia, eating a frog whole, picked up a Gold Award in the Revealing Nature category for Chin Leong Teo

This shot of a blue viper, a highly venomous pit viper sub-species native to Southeast Asia, eating a frog whole, picked up a Gold Award in the Revealing Nature category for Chin Leong Teo

Chin Leong Teo picked up a Gold Award in the Exotic Travel category for this capture of a Vietnamese woman mending fishing nets at home

Chin Leong Teo picked up a Gold Award in the Exotic Travel category for this capture of a Vietnamese woman mending fishing nets at home

Australian snapper Robin Moon mesmerised the judges with her triple action capture of flying fruit bats acrobatically swooping about a lake in Sydney, Australia

Australian snapper Robin Moon mesmerised the judges with her triple action capture of flying fruit bats acrobatically swooping about a lake in Sydney, Australia

Serial photo contest winner Azim Khan Ronnie could only pick up a silver gong with a powerful entry showing daily life in Bangladesh

Serial photo contest winner Azim Khan Ronnie could only pick up a silver gong with a powerful entry showing daily life in Bangladesh

Azim Khan Ronnie also wowed judges, picking up a Silver Award in the Exotic Travel category, with this shot of Vietnamese workers surrounded by thousands of incense sticks

Azim Khan Ronnie also wowed judges, picking up a Silver Award in the Exotic Travel category, with this shot of Vietnamese workers surrounded by thousands of incense sticks

One mystical landscape picture from Ryan Montgomery captures the sub-zero frozen terrains of Iceland.

The aurora borealis is seen above deserted mountains of Vestrahorn in the snap.

He said: ‘Midnight, -15°C. Frozen toes, icy nostrils and no aurora just yet. A very faint glimmer of green over Vestrahorn, Iceland, that would tease us and fade away.

‘And after some time, finally, the green glow became stronger and stronger and cast a green illumination over the dark shade of the night, slithering through the sky like some magical serpent.’

Pyae Phyo Thet Paing, from Myanmar, caught the judges’ eyes with his nature shot of fishermen using traditional nets in Inle Lake.

He said: ‘They are fishing with their traditional fishing boats and nets under the sunlight of early morning.’ 

One mystical landscape picture from Ryan Montgomery captures the sub-zero frozen terrains of Iceland. The aurora borealis is seen above deserted mountains of Vestrahorn in the snap

One mystical landscape picture from Ryan Montgomery captures the sub-zero frozen terrains of Iceland. The aurora borealis is seen above deserted mountains of Vestrahorn in the snap

Pyae Phyo Thet Paing, from Myanmar, caught the judges' eyes with his nature shot of fishermen using traditional nets in Inle Lake

Pyae Phyo Thet Paing, from Myanmar, caught the judges’ eyes with his nature shot of fishermen using traditional nets in Inle Lake

Pyae Phyo Thet Paing also picked up a Silver Award in the Exotic Travel category with this shot of girls working with umbrellas

Pyae Phyo Thet Paing also picked up a Silver Award in the Exotic Travel category with this shot of girls working with umbrellas

'Night Warrior' by Pedro Jarque Krebs showing Naya, a female black jaguar who is part of the European Endangered Species Progamme (EEP) and lives in Tenerife, picked up the photographer another Gold Award in the Revealing Nature category

‘Night Warrior’ by Pedro Jarque Krebs showing Naya, a female black jaguar who is part of the European Endangered Species Progamme (EEP) and lives in Tenerife, picked up the photographer another Gold Award in the Revealing Nature category

There were 802 entries from around the globe with three judges breaking the images into four categories, Emotive Portraiture, Classic Landscapes, Exotic Travel and Revealing Nature.

Tony Brown won a Gold Award in the Classic Landscape category with a panoramic shot while Graeme Gordon picked up the same accolade for a black and white capture of the Sydney Opera House. 

Andi Adbul Halil received Gold Awards in the Revealing Nature and Emotive Portraits categories with images of a Red Palm Weevil and a person hiding behind a palm leaf respectively.  

A silver award was also presented to Magnus Jonassen for his untitled Classic Landscapes shot of a frozen scene in Kvitfjell, Norway. 

‘It was just incredible how the sky looked this evening. It is not always easy to re-capture the feeling you have outside into the final edit,’ he said. 

And a silver award in the Revealing Nature category went to Sharon Jones for moody mostly black and white picture of a reptile lurking with its head partially out of the water.  

Tony Brown won a Gold Award in the Classic Landscape category with this panoramic shot taken a sunset and titled Wilpena Clouds

Tony Brown won a Gold Award in the Classic Landscape category with this panoramic shot taken a sunset and titled Wilpena Clouds

Graeme Gordon picked up Gold Award in the Classic Landscape category for this black and white capture of the Sydney Opera House

Graeme Gordon picked up Gold Award in the Classic Landscape category for this black and white capture of the Sydney Opera House

Andi Adbul Halil received Gold Awards in the Revealing Nature with this image of a Red Palm Weevil in Karawang Regency, Indonesia

Andi Adbul Halil received Gold Awards in the Revealing Nature with this image of a Red Palm Weevil in Karawang Regency, Indonesia

Andi Adbul Halil also triumphed in the Emotive Portraits categories with a capture of a person hiding behind a palm leaf titled 'Let me see the world!'

Andi Adbul Halil also triumphed in the Emotive Portraits categories with a capture of a person hiding behind a palm leaf titled ‘Let me see the world!’

Another of Krebs' captures - titled 'the anatomy lesson' - mesmerised the judges and picked up a Silver Award in the Revealing Nature category

Another of Krebs’ captures – titled ‘the anatomy lesson’ – mesmerised the judges and picked up a Silver Award in the Revealing Nature category

Silver awards were also presented to Magnus Jonassen for his untitled Classic Landscapes shot of a frozen scene in Kvitfjell, Norway

Silver awards were also presented to Magnus Jonassen for his untitled Classic Landscapes shot of a frozen scene in Kvitfjell, Norway

A silver award in the Revealing Nature category went to Sharon Jones for moody mostly black and white picture of a reptile lurking with its head partially out of the water

A silver award in the Revealing Nature category went to Sharon Jones for moody mostly black and white picture of a reptile lurking with its head partially out of the water