Nature News: Cristiano Vendramin the best ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award 2021
By Simer Dhume
Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice winner revealed reports, Matthew Tucker, BBC News.
The ethereal frozen Italian lake, Santa Croce Lake in northern Italy | Picture credit: Cristiano Vendramin | Source: BBC News
How magnificent is this picture? The poignant image won Italian photographer Cristiano Vendramin the best ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award 2021.’ An ethereal frozen Italian lake submitted in dedication to a lost friend.
You won’t believe it, but the winning picture touched the hearts of more than 31,800 wildlife and nature enthusiasts. Who voted online for his landscape to win from a shortlist of 25 photos. How remarkable is that?
What’s the story behind this breathtakingly beautiful picture?
So what’s the story behind this breathtakingly beautiful picture. Let’s find out.
While visiting Santa Croce Lake in northern Italy in 2019, Mr. Vendramin was struck by the scene’s beauty. He was reminded of a friend who had loved the particular place and is no longer here.
BBC News quotes, “I believe having a daily relationship with nature is increasingly necessary to have a serene and healthy life,” said Mr. Vendramin.
“Nature photography is therefore important to remind us of this bond, which we must preserve, and in whose memory we can take refuge.”
He furthermore said, “These past two years have redefined what truly matters in life, the people and the environments that play a crucial role in our ecosystems.
“I hope those who look at this landscape frozen in time are reminded of the importance of connecting to the natural world and the steps we must all take to protect it.”
The intent behind the award-wining picture is a clear reminder of humans’ coexistence with nature: Humans becoming-with nature, an extension, not superior beings. We must inhabit mutual co-patternings with nature because it has healing powers beyond our scope of understanding. It provides us solace in spaces we least anticipate. It is full of surprises. Coexisting with nature is the best way to live.
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