A picture of a pair of flies in the throes of love has won an international photography competition. The snap, taken by Irish photographer Larry Doherty scooped the top prize in the Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers’ Spirit of Nature competition. Other runners up included pics of diving kingfishers, a polar bear on the ice a colourful portrait of a green tree python and a black kite carrying a struggling lapwing in Bangladesh. Photographer Larry said: “I take macro photos of insects all the time. I like to show the insects under our feet. A lot of people don’t even see this part of our wildlife or dismiss it. “These flies were on a sycamore tree trunk. The hardest part was making sure I got the two flies heads’ in focus.” Runner up was retired magistrate Anne Woodington from Guernsey with a breathtaking shot of a polar bear just yards away. She said: “The picture was taken in the pack ice somewhere considerably north of Svalbard, Norway. “We were in a small rib and got out to stand on a small ice floe in the middle of the ocean with floes all around but no land in sight. […]
Campaigners from 38 Degrees and Surfers Against Sewage beach a boat made from thousands of plastic bottles outside Parliament. This is part of a 250,000 strong petition hand-in that asks the government to introduce a small, refundable deposit on all plastic bottles, glass bottles and cans.
These adorable photos show a proud mother gorilla gently cradling her precious newborn baby. The three-day-old endangered western lowland gorilla was snapped clinging on to its mother, a 22-year-old female. The tiny primate was born to mum Miliki and silverback dad Bukavu in the early hours of Tuesday morning at Blackpool Zoo. Delighted keepers say the baby appears healthy but sightings have so far been rare as it remains hidden from view as it builds up its strength and coordination. Miliki showed her tender side as she was photographed nurturing her baby days after giving birth following a natural and uncomplicated labour. The pair will be kept under close observation over the coming weeks by keepers who have yet discovered if the new arrival is a boy or a girl. Peter Dillingham, Animal Manager at Blackpool Zoo, said “We are delighted to share the news of the birth of our gorilla. “This is Bukavu’s third child and Miliki’s second so they have already proven that they are great parents. “We won’t find out the sex until the baby starts to move around more, as we are leaving everything to mum. “It has been wonderful to watch Meisie and Moanda grow up together and they have both been over to have a look […]
These stunning photographs shed a neon light on one of the biggest electronics market in the world. The cyberpunk-themed pictures of China’s answer to Silicon Valley capture futuristic Blade Runner-like scenes in Shenzhen’s Huaqiangbei District. London-based graphic designer Marcus Wendt, 34, said: “A lot of these were shot in difficult to access locations, for example semi-private car parks and back alleys.” He fought jetlag and was inspired by ‘isometric’ views of the city’s neon lights to create “slightly alien and uncanny atmospheres” like early 1990s cyperpunk games. “I think I’m after capturing this alien-ness in the pictures, an interesting and exciting world. “The night transforms everything, and neon light give you this really new way of lighting everything. “The heavily distorted colours and also tweaking the perspectives of the images in subtle ways so that you have these improbably isometric arrangements,” said Mr Wendt. “With digital image making, you always have to add, you have to create from nothing. In photography, it’s the opposite way. “The attractive thing is that you still have the underlying reality, but this is a way of creating new images rather than documenting what you find.”