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NI Photo Contest 2018: Finalist #1

Here’s beginning the New Year with some cheerful news.

The 5th edition of the Nature India photo contest is now ready to roll out its long list of top ten. The contest themed “vector-borne diseases” was announced in November 2018 and has received some fabulous entries from around the world.

It was a tough theme but the thought and creativity behind some of the entries compelled us to sit up and think. Like always, in these entries we saw a mix of amateur and professional photographers, scientists and non-scientists, mobile cameras and high-end DSLRs.

As the Nature India editorial and design teams get busy shortlisting the top three from these ten stunning images, we will be rolling them out (in no particular order of merit) over the next few days. Nature India’s final decision to chose the winner will be partly influenced by the engagement and reception these pictures receive here at the Indigenus blog, on Twitter and on Facebook. To give all finalists a fair chance, we will consider the social media engagement each picture gets only during the first seven days of its announcement. The final results will be announced sometime in late January 2019.

So here’s finalist number one in the Nature India photo contest 2018:

Nitin Gupta, Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Photo caption: Mosquito, an accidental killer

Nitin Gupta

This is how Nitin describes this image of a mosquito feasting on his hand for a blood meal:

Nitin Gupta

Female mosquitoes bite us because they need blood to nourish their eggs. The bite itself is not harmful: the tiny belly of a mosquito, seen in the photograph, can take no more than a few microliters of blood at a time, while the human body produces 10 times more every minute. What makes the bite dangerous occasionally is what the mosquito leaves behind, which could be a deadly parasite.

The photograph shows a female Culex mosquito gorging on my left hand, which I captured using a camera held in the right hand.

The photograph was taken on the morning 18 March 2018, at my home in the Indian Institute of Technology campus in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Many congratulations Nitin, for making it to the top ten in the Nature India Photo Contest 2018.

The winner of the Nature India photo contest 2018 will get a cash award of $350, the second prize is worth $250 and the third $200. Photographs will be judged for novelty, creativity, quality and printability by a panel of Nature Research editors and photographers alongside a leading Indian scientist working in the area of vector-borne diseases. The winner and two runners-up will receive a copy of the Nature India Annual Volume 2017 and a bag of goodies (including Collector’s first issues of Nature and Scientific American and some other keepsakes) from the Nature Research. One of the winning entries also stands a chance of being featured on the cover a forthcoming print publication.

So 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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