Time now to roll out the Nature India photo contest 2016 finalist number six:
Prathap Annamalai, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.
Photo caption: ‘The take-off’
Prathap, a PhD student at the school of chemistry in IISER, Thiruvananthapuram, has this to say about his capture:
“The take-off of Brahminy Kite on a windy sky is remarkable, especially when it is from a cliff. It moves towards the edge, waits for a relatively strong wind, turns against the wind and then takes off! It uses strong currents to lift itself higher and glides with wings stretched, saving energy.
This picture depicts such a take-off revealing the basics of aerodynamics. While monitoring through my lens, I held my breath waiting for the perfect take-off. Just before the act, the bird turned towards me as if letting me capture the exact moment. The underlying beauty of nature unveils itself in wonders like this.“
The photo was taken in November 2016 in the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary near Thiruvananthapuram in the Western Ghats.
Congratulations Prathap for the well-timed click that got you to the top ten of this contest!
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 from Springer Nature.
As a run up to the final announcement, we are rolling out the top 10 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 late December 2016.
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.