A imagem de uma tigre abraçando calorosamente um pinheiro manchu em uma remota floresta da Sibéria ganhou um dos maiores prêmios de fotografia do mundo.
De acordo com o site The Guardian, o fotógrafo russo Sergey Gorshkov, usou câmeras ocultas, levou 11 meses para capturar o momento. Sua paciência o levou a ser nomeado fotógrafo do ano pela Duquesa de Cambridge, em uma cerimônia no Museu de História Natural de Londres.
A foto foi selecionada entre outras mais de 49 mil inscritas. Roz Kidman Cox, presidente do painel de jurados, declarou que a obra era "um vislumbre único de um momento íntimo nas profundezas de uma floresta mágica."
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снято на территории ФГБУ "Земля леопарда" имени Николая Воронцова @amurleo_land совместно с кинокомпанией «Андреевский Флаг». @natural_history_museum #WPY56 #WPY #WildlifePhotography #WildlifePhotographyOfTheYear #siberiantiger #bigcatswildlife #savebigcats #mindenpictures #nikonambassador #nikon_сергейгоршков #nikon #natgeoyourshot #wildlifeplanet #natgeo #natgeoru #mrjangear #PNYeliteteam #wildlife #frozenplanet2 #pny The embrace Sergey Gorshkov RUSSIA This Amur tigress ranges over an enormous territory, here in in the Russian Far East, in the Land of the Leopard National Park. It’s a territory that needs to be large for there to be enough wild boar and deer to hunt. It is also overlapped by the even larger territories of possibly several males. Here she hugs an ancient Manchurian fir tree that may have been used for decades by tigers leaving scent marks, rubbing their cheek glands against the bark to leave messages for other tigers that, one day, may pass by. The Amur, or Siberian, tigers are confined almost entirely to the Russian Far East but are now thought to be the same subspecies as the Bengal tiger. The population has increased from a dangerously low point to 580–600 but are still threatened by poaching (mainly for traditional Chinese medicine) and loss of their taiga (snow forest) wilderness, along with hunting of their prey. With the help of the park rangers, Sergey first began his photographic ques he installed his first full camera‑trap system in January 2019, at this site, attaching the camera to a tree 10 metres (33 feet) away from the giant fir. ‘From then on, I could think of nothing else,’ he says. He would trek to the camera sites every three months. But tigers are extremely cautious of anything new in their environment, and he only ever achieved three pictures of tigers, though once he saw one – with night-vision equipment. ‘At that moment my hands started sharking.’ His picture of this magnificent female was captured in November 2019. The tigress has three cubs, and so his quest is now for a picture of the family in their taiga wilderness. Nikon Z 7 + 50mm f1.8 lens; 1/200 sec at f6.3; ISO 250; Cognisys camera-trap system .
Segundo os especialistas, o animal é um tigre-siberiano, que vive nas florestas da Rússia, na fronteira com a China e Coreia do Norte. Sua população se encontra ameaçada de extinção por conta da caça. De acordo com Cox, a fotografia conta essa história “em cores e texturas gloriosas do retorno do tigre-siberiano, um símbolo do deserto russo.”
“É uma cena como nenhuma outra: raios de sol baixo de inverno destacam o antigo pinheiro e a pelagem da enorme tigresa. Enquanto isso, ela agarra o tronco, em um êxtase óbvio, e inala o cheiro de tigre na resina, deixando sua própria marca como mensagem", comentou.
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#WPY56 Animal Portraits Taiga tiger in the night Sergey Gorshkov RUSSIA When he first set out to photograph an Amur tiger, Sergey had never set eyes on one in the wild. Threatened by poaching for their body parts and also by poaching of their prey and by habitat loss, a population of only 580–600 tigers survives in the Russian Far East. These are known as Amur, or Siberian, tigers. But to be able to catch enough wild boar and deer in this harsh taiga (snow forest) wilderness, these tigers need to hold huge territories. The one region where Sergey thought he had a chance of making a picture was the Land of the Leopard National Park – a vast area of taiga linking a series of reserves, created primarily to protect the Amur leopard, a critically endangered subspecies of leopard. But it also protects a small number of tigers. In winter, to assist the survival of the Amur leopards – now numbering about 100 adults – park staff put out deer carcasses at several remote feeding stations. Sergey originally set out to photograph a leopard near one of them. But tracks revealed that, for the first time, a tiger had discovered the site (the park has about 30 adult tigers). The leopards usually came in daylight, but the tiger had come at night. Inspecting the paths it might have taken, Sergey discovered one route across boulders, streaked white by crows that had also discovered the leopard-feeding site. Strewn with a carpet of oak leaves, the rocks offered the ideal setting. All he needed was a tiger. Putting up a camera trap and lights at the spot . On 12 March 2019 he got his shot, his first ever picture of an Amur tiger – a young tigress, a year old, at most. With a piercing look back, she gave Sergey the portrait he had longed for, the rich colours of her uniquely patterned, thick winter coat in perfect harmony with her surroundings. Nikon Z 7 + 24–70mm f4.5 lens at 33.5mm; 1/60 sec at f5.6; ISO 320; Cognisys camera-trap system + two Nikon SB-900 flashes.
“A visão notável da tigresa imersa em seu ambiente natural nos oferece esperança. Por meio do poder emocional único da fotografia, somos lembrados da beleza do mundo natural e de nossa responsabilidade compartilhada de protegê-lo.” Conclui Tim Littlewood, diretor-executivo de Ciência do Museu de História Natural e membro do júri.