THROUGH THE LENS

High­lights from Wildlife Re­serves Sin­ga­pore’s In­au­gu­ral Wildlife Photography Com­pe­ti­tion 2017

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Special Feature -

The Wildlife Re­serves Sin­ga­pore hosted its in­au­gu­ral wildlife photography com­pe­ti­tion in 2017. The com­pe­ti­tion, ti­tled Through the

Lens wel­comed pro­fes­sional and as­pir­ing pho­tog­ra­phers from across five coun­tries in Asia, namely In­dia, China, In­done­sia, Malaysia, and the Phillip­ines. Ta­pan Sheth from In­dia was de­clared the win­ner on 23 Au­gust 2017, with his en­try re­ceiv­ing close to one thou­sand votes on so­cial me­dia.

The en­try cap­tured a veiled chameleon in Sin­ga­pore’s new­est ex­hibit, RepTopia.

WRS man­ages four award-win­ning wildlife at­trac­tions – Jurong Bird Park, Night Sa­fari, River Sa­fari, and Sin­ga­pore Zoo. Ms. Is­abel Chang, Chief Mar­ket­ing Of­fi­cer, Wildlife Re­serves Sin­ga­pore says about com­pe­ti­tion, “Their images caught so many beau­ti­ful mo­ments and it’s been fas­ci­nat­ing to see the dif­fer­ent sto­ries cap­tured by each par­tic­i­pant through their lens – in­flu­enced by the nat­u­ral land­scapes from their own coun­try.”

The con­test was launched for the first time this year by WRS, in part­ner­ship with lo­cal photography groups. The en­tries were sub­mit­ted as per al­lot­ted cat­e­gories, such as cute, hu­mor­ous, an­i­mals closeup, mean­ing­ful and park icons. “I wanted to cap­ture the phys­i­cal at­tributes of the an­i­mals in de­tail, and most im­por­tantly, in an an­gle that in­trigues the viewer to look be­yond the sur­face of an im­age” says Ta­pan. In this spread we cu­rate for you some of the high­lights from the event.

TOP: Sub­mit­ted un­der the ‘mean­ing­ful’ cat­e­gory, a mother cra­dles her baby orangutan, one of Sin­ga­pore Zoo’s most iconic an­i­mals, as well as its flag­ship

species

RIGHT: Jurong Bird Park’s

animal icon, the horn­bill, is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the con­ser­va­tion ef­forts in place to pro­tect all threat­ened bird species shel­tered

in the Park. Horn­bills are mainly

threat­ened by hunt­ing – for their casques, the horns

above the beaks – and habi­tat loss from de­for­esta­tion Photo Cred­its:

Ta­pan Sheth

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