By Hannah Ryan, CNN

A picture of a frozen lake and the reflection of willow branches above the water’s icy floor has claimed the highest prize within the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award 2021.

The shot by Italian photographer Cristiano Vendramin, initially amongst a shortlist of 25 photographs, was voted for by greater than 31,800 wildlife and nature fans, in line with a press launch Tuesday from organizers at London’s Pure Historical past Museum.

His picture and that of the highest 4 “extremely recommended” finalists will probably be displayed within the Wildlife Photographer of the 12 months exhibition at the moment operating in London on the Pure Historical past Museum.

The photographs that made it to the ultimate phases had been assorted in matter.

There was a photograph of two lions taking shelter from the rain and one other of an uncommon encounter between an eagle and bear. An image of a kangaroo and her joey that managed to outlive the devastating bushfires in Australia was extremely recommended, as was a picture of a dance between two male golden pheasants.

However the total winner was Vendramin, who took his photograph in 2019 when visiting the Santa Croce Lake in northern Italy. He seen the unusually excessive stage of the water and the truth that the willow crops had been partially submerged, which created a play of sunshine and reflections on the floor of the lake. In keeping with the press launch, Vendramin was reminded of a pal he had misplaced who had cherished the lake.

“I hope that my images will encourage folks to know that the fantastic thing about nature will be discovered in every single place round us, and we will be pleasantly shocked by the numerous landscapes so near residence,” Vendramin mentioned within the press launch.

“I consider having a each day relationship with nature is more and more extra essential to have a serene and wholesome life. Nature images is due to this fact vital to remind us of this bond.”

Douglas Gurr, director of the museum, mentioned Vendramin’s “poignant picture symbolises the constructive impression nature can have on our wellbeing and lives.”

Gurr added within the press launch: “I hope those that have a look at this panorama frozen in time are reminded of the significance of connecting to the pure world and the steps we should all take to guard it.”

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