Good Saturday morn, and welcome to the …I have two fun things planned for today. First, this may come as a big surprise to you, but Filosofa is a big lover of critters! Shocked, aren’t you?
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the largest wildlife photography competition in the world. It is an annual international wildlife photography competition owned by the Natural History Museum. The first competition was held in 1964, with three categories and around 600 entries. By 2008, the competition had grown to over 32,000 entries from 3100 photographers in 82 countries!
There are far too many for me to post here, so I have picked only a few of my favourites this year, but your can see more of the winners at Bored Panda, if you’re interested.
This first one is the #1 winner, titled “The Moment”, and taken by Yongqing Bao of China.
“Bee Line” by Frank Deschandol of France
“Land Of The Eagle” By Audun Rikardsen of Norway
“Lucky Break” By Jason Bantle of Canada
“Portrait Of A Mother” By Ingo Arndt, of Germany
“Cool Drink” By Diana Rebman of the U.S.
“If Penguins Could Fly” By Eduardo Del Álamo of Spain
“The Huddle” By Stefan Christmann of Germany
“Big Cat And Dog Spat” By Peter Haygarth of the United Kingdom
“Night Glow” By Cruz Erdmann of New Zealand (in the age 11-14 category)
“Face Of Deception” By Ripan Biswas of India
Some pretty awesome shots there, don’t you think?
And my second surprise … you all remember Steve Irwin, aka the Crocodile Hunter? He hosted a television series that aired on Animal Planet, becoming the network’s highest-rated series at the time (1997-2004).
Steve tragically died in Batt Reef, Australia, in 2006 when a stingray’s barb pierced his heart. But, his children, Bindi and Robert, are both lovers of wildlife and conservationists. Bindi is an Australian television personality and conservationist. When she was 9, she hosted Bindi the Jungle Girl, a children’s wildlife documentary TV series. Son Robert is an Australian television personality and wildlife photographer. He hosts Robert’s Real Life Adventures, a program on his family’s zoo’s internal TV network. He co-hosted the Discovery Kids Channel TV series Wild But True and co-created the book series Robert Irwin: Dinosaur Hunter, and currently stars on the Animal Planet series Crikey! It’s the Irwins with his mother, Terri, and sister, Bindi.
In February 2017, young Robert, then age 13, made his late-night television debut when he appeared on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. This clip will warm your heart, make you say “Awwwwww”, and make you laugh, all at once. Who could ask for anything more? And my youngest reader, Benjamin, will enjoy this, for one of his Hallowe’en costumes was the Crocodile Hunter!
And that’s all I’ve got for this morning, my friends! Go forth and have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy every minute … remember, Monday is lurking right ‘round the corner!