A few months ago I received some good news: two of my pictures have received a highly commended award in the international German Glanzlichter nature photo contest 2015. Now the results are online on the Glanzlichter website and I can spread the news. It seems that this year I am the only Dutch(wo)man who won anything in the Glanzlichter photo contest. Moreover not with one but with two pictures… I know it’s difficult to win an award in photo contests these days. Every year submissions increase so therefore the winning chances become less and less. All the more reason that I am now very happy! Congrats go to all the other winners. Take a look to see all winning images.
Below are my winning images with their description.
During my holiday to Costa Rica in April 2014, these leaves of what I believe are the leaves of the Teak tree, fascinated me. The trees were standing next to our parking place and the form of the leaves reminded me of the leaves of Four Leaf Clover, which are said to bring good luck. While pointing my camera straight up towards the leaves I searched for the right composition. Finally I managed to get one set of leaves sharp in focus and one set of leaves unsharp in the foreground. The white background is created by the white sky that morning. Later we saw a pair of macaws sitting in the trees on the other side of the parking place. Maybe this was meant to be our good luck?
The Banded Demoiselles are one of my favorite insects. The males have a dark blue/black band across the central portion of their wings while their bodies are metallic blue/green. During one very early morning in August 2013 I was able to approach this male specimen at close distance while it was still resting and warming up near a brook. This particular morning there was a little bit of a fog which created the high key atmosphere with white background and diffuse light.