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NI Photo Contest 2017: Finalist #9

Two more to go in the longlist!

Announcing the Nature India photo contest 2017 finalist number nine:

Nirmal Balakrishnan, Chennai, India

Photo caption: Environment refugees

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Nirmal Balakrishnan

Nirmal Balakrishnan

Nirmal Balakrishnan

Nirmal, a digital marketer, finds a human parallel in this symbolic picture of a crab living inside a conch shell on the shores of the Pulicat Lake in Tamil Nadu, India:

“These crabs are faced with the challenge of destruction of their species due to overfishing, as also destruction of their habitats – the seas – due to human-induced pollution. They are forced to travel from one place to another, carrying their belongings on their back, in search of tranquil shores.

This crab lives in a borrowed dwelling inside a conch shell, like an environment refugee. To address the world’s grand challenges, we may need similar skilled crabbing – reaching beyond our comfort zones, collaborating across disciplines and across the seas, and focusing on better, sustainable solutions. Like this crab shows, we are all in it together!”

Congratulations Nirmal for the wonderful catch, and welcome to the top ten!

As we slowly come to a close this year, the Nature India photo contest has regaled us with some wonderful entries from around the world. The theme this year was ‘Grand Challenges’, and needed more thought and creativity than our earlier themes.

Despite the challenge, the quality and novelty of some of the entries has been breathtaking. We have had a mix of amateur and professional photographers, scientists and non-scientists, mobile cameras and high-end DSLRs — all vying to portray the complex global problems we face — the world’s grand challenges — and to look for solutions for a healthy and sustainable future.

Tough job as usual for the Nature India editorial and design team in selecting just three winners. The winners 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 latest Nature India Special Annual Volume and an enviable bag of goodies from Springer Nature.

As a run up to the final announcement, we will be 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 somewhere in late December 2017.

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.

Watch out for our other finalists and feel free to promote, share and like your favourite entries with the hashtag #NatureIndphoto.

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