As the excitement peaks, here’s presenting the Nature India photo contest 2016 finalist number nine:
Ramkumar Kannan, Thiruananthapuram, Kerala, India.
Photo caption: ‘A master of balance’
Ramkumar, a research scholar at IISER Thiruvananthapuram, tells us about his picture:
“Some months back, I went to Ponmundi, the golden peak of Kerala, where I accidentally saw this red ant (leafcutter) on the edge of a leaf. I got interested in what it was doing and started monitoring its activity.
I was simply amazed at its ability to balance its tiny body — while searching for food, it went to the edge of this leaf many times and balanced its body very casually using its legs. When it turned back, most of its body parts were in the air — and all of this was happening within a second or two!”
Great job Ramkumar and congratulations for making it to the top ten!
As the contest comes closer to its finale, the Nature India editorial and design team is 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) 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.