Drum rolls for the second finalist of the Nature India photo contest 2015!
Hemant Dhamne, Navi Mumbai, India
Caption: ‘Pollution vs. Population’
Hemant describes the photo he shot at dawn with a simple point & shoot camera (Canon Powershot) near Mumbai:
“These are cormorants perched on treetops that I captured against the morning smog. The picture shows how pollution from big cities is affecting us and our wildlife. I was fortunate to get this silhouette of so many birds forming a beautiful light and shade pattern.”
Congratulations Hemant for getting into the longlist!
The Nature India photo contest is in it’s second year. It has received an overwhelming response with hundreds of entries from around the world. Conceived with the idea of appreciating the art in all things science, the theme for 2015 was ‘Patterns’ — geometric, natural, abstract, under the microscope, in/on the human body or in space.
The quality and novelty of some of the entries this year has been exceptional. Amateur and professional photographers, scientists and non-scientists, mobile cameras to high-end DSLRs — everything seems to have come together in looking for patterns across landscapes, demographics and cultures.
The Nature India editorial and design team is sure having a tough time selecting just three winners, who stand a chance of seeing their entries grace the cover page of one of our forthcoming print publications. The winner and two runners-up will receive a copy of the just released Nature India Special Annual Volume and a bag of goodies (which includes Collector’s issues of the first ever print copy of Nature from November 1869, the first ever issue of Scientific American from August 1845 and some other keepsakes) from the Nature Publishing Group.
As a run up to the final announcement, we will be rolling out the top 15 finalists of the photo competition (in no particular order of merit) over the next few days on the Indigenus blog as well as our social media platforms (Twitter and Facebook). The final results will be announced in November 2015.
Nature India’s final decision to chose the winner will be partly influenced by the engagement and reception he/she receives here at the Indigenus blog, on Twitter and on Facebook. To give all finalists a fair chance, we will take into consideration the social media engagement of each picture only during the first seven days of its announcement.
So watch out for our other finalists and feel free to promote, share and like your favourite entries with the hashtag #NatureIndphoto.