Robert Irwin wins photography prize for bushfire image3 min readReading Time: 3 minutes
Robert Irwin, all of seventeen, from Australia, won the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award. The winning photograph, titled Bushfire, was a drone image of a Cape York bushfire.
The image was selected from 49,000 entries, and received 55,485 votes making it the Poeple’s Choice Award! It was taken in the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in Cape York, Queensland, when Irwin spotted smoke billowing on the horizon.
The reserve is of high conservation value and is home to over 30 different ecosystems with many endangered species.
Watch Irwin talk about his image, here:
In an interview with ABC, he said that his work was “about telling a story to make a difference for the environment and our planet”. This award is not only a personal honour for him but also an acknowledgement of the need to take responsibility for human actions on nature.
Irwin is a children’s TV personality and the son of deceased wildlife conservationist, Steven Irwin.
Who was Steve Irwin?
Steve Irwin was an Australian zookeeper, television personality, wildlife expert, environmentalist, and conservationist. He was also called ‘The Crocodile Hunter’.
Irwin lost his life after being stung right in the chest by a startled sting ray. His family now runs Australian Zoo and the Australian Zoo Wildlife Hospital, that he established, to keep his memory and his message alive.
Watch Robert Irwin in his natural habitat, in the midst of his friends from the wild, here:
Other notable mentions from the competition include Amy Vitale’s image of Joseph Wachira comforting the last male northern white rhino left on the planet, moments before his death; Andy Parkinson’s image of a curled up hare against the snow in Scotland; Neil Anderson’s image of snuggling red squirrels; and Guillermo Esteves’s image of a dog and a moose looking at each other.
And why don’t you decode Guillermo Esteve’s entry by unscrambling this jigsaw puzzle (you already know what you are looking for):