After seeing smoke on the horizon, Irwin launched his plane and sent it straight to the site of the fire. With only a few minutes of battery left, he knew he had to act fast. In the midst of the dense smoke of the fire, I managed to capture a bright 50:50 photo, with a nature reserve on one side next to the black remnants on the other side. The area, near the Steve Irwin Wildlife Refuge in Cape York, Queensland, is home to more than 30 different ecosystems that are home to many endangered species.
Robert Irwin is the son of conservation activist Steve Irwin, known and infamous for his amazing TV show “The Crocodile Hunter”.
The four “highly praised” images that nature photography enthusiasts can win are the intimate portrayal of the relationship between a forester and a rhinoceros in Mom Vitali’s “Last Farewell”, Andy Parkinson’s beautiful winter painting “Her Ball,” an innovative remote control image. Two squirrels in Neil Anderson’s “Dray’s Dream” and a “close encounter” between a restless Labrador and a colossal moose captured by Guillermo Esteves.