Late conservation activist Steve Irwin would be proud of this particular accomplishment. His son, Robert, won Wildlife Photographer of the Year’s People’s Choice Award for his top-down drone image. A wildfire ripped through a forest near the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in Queensland, Australia, and Irwin captured it at the right moment. The perfect 50/50 split displays the damage inflicted on one side while the other remained preserved.
‘I am incredibly excited to win the Wildlife Photographer of The Year People’s Choice Award. For me, nature photography is about telling a story to make a difference for the environment and our planet. I feel it is particularly special for this image to be awarded, not only as a profound personal honor but also as a reminder of our effect on the natural world and our responsibility to care for it,’ says Robert Irwin of his victory.
I’m thrilled to announce I’ve won the Wildlife Photographer of The Year People’s Choice Award. For me, photography is about telling important stories to make a difference for our planet. I’m humbled to receive this huge honour and shine a light on the effects of climate change. pic.twitter.com/HYGDuurpK2
— Robert Irwin (@RobertIrwin) February 10, 2021
Natural History Museum selected a shortlist of 25 images from over 49,000 images that were submitted to the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. From that pool, four others were shortlisted and Irwin’s was declared the favorite. All five images will be on display until August 1st when the Natural History Museum, in London, reopens.