He Tenerife underwater photographer, Francis Pérez, has been awarded this week in the ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year ‘, the photography contest of the London Natural History Museum, one of the most important nature photography contests in the world.
Francis Pérez has been recognized in the ‘Wildlife photojournalist’ category as Best Wildlife or Nature Photojournalist. The winning photograph shows a pilot whale with the tail fin sectioned off by the propeller of a small boat.
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“I am thrilled and honored that I have been awarded at the 56th Natural History Museum in London, highly commended in the Nature Photojournalist category. Many thanks to the Museum of Natural History and congratulations to all the awarded photographers. I feel very happy, as it is a great recognition of my work. Furthermore, I am satisfied because this photograph highlights a global issue of marine conservation ”, explained the underwater photographer on his social networks.
In this same sense, he wanted to underline that “this image reflects the problem that cetaceans suffer worldwide from collisions with ships. We live in this situation in the Canary Islands because the largest population of pilot whales in Europe lives on the islands ”.
Francis Pérez has been dedicated to underwater photography for 20 years, although in the last ten years he has specialized in capturing cetaceans, mainly the population of cetaceans in the southwest of Tenerife.
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year shows nature in its purest form, and from different perspectives, in order to also raise awareness about the need to respect the natural environment and the importance of conserving it.
In its edition this year, the meeting had the participation of 50,000 photographs from more than 25 countries.
The awards ceremony took place on October 13, although this time, for the first time in its history, it had to be virtual.
Since yesterday the usual exhibition has been open in the London museum, which will be followed by a world tour.