The winning photographs of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition organised by Heritage Malta’s National Museum of Natural History were announced prior to the inauguration of the exhibition featuring the winning and the runners-up photographs.
Photographs were submitted for three categories, Flora, Fauna and Marine. Apart a winning photograph for each category, an overall winner was chosen from the ten finalists. The award ceremony was held last weekend at the National Museum of Natural History. The winners are Flora: Matthew Borg Cardona 1st and 3rd place and Mario J. Cachia in 2nd place. The winners in the Fauna section are Gordon Zammit 1st place, Matthew Borg Cardona 2nd place and Ian Falzon 3rd place. In the Marine section, all three winning photographs were shot by Alan Mizzi. The overall winner is Alan Mizzi with his photograph of a Common Octopus.
The three winning photos and six runners-up from each category are on display in an exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History that will remain open till the 15th of February 2018.
This competition attracted no less than 43 amateur photographers submitting over 340 images of flowers, birds, mammals, reptiles, fish and other animals. The judges commented positively on the high quality of the photographs submitted as well as the various species ’captured’ in the images. Infact it was no easy task for judges to shortlist and choose the winning photographs.
Some of the photographs submitted for this competition were also reproduced on postcards and can be bought from all Heritage Malta shops.