The winner of the UN World Wildlife Day photo contest was announced and the job of the judges was hardly enviable – for the finalists offered absolute stunners. The theme of the photography competition was “Through young eyes”, which encourages young individuals aged 10 to 24 from across the globe to submit their photos of wildlife.
CITES hopes this competition will help young people engage in the wildlife conservation dialogue and to empower them to become champions of wildlife. More than 500 entries from every continent flowed in, and a distinguished judging panel was tasked with picking the winner.
Gàbor Li, a 17-year- old high school student, won the competition with his photo titled‘the Blue Diamond’. An early starter, Gàbor first started taking photographs when he was 7. His passion for photography grew through his teenage years. From his photography collection, it is easy to see his love of nature and wildlife!
CITES Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon, said, “Gàbor’s photograph shows a good eye for detail and an obvious talent for photography. We are deeply encouraged by his interest in wildlife photography from such a young age and his commitment to celebrating the many beautiful and unique forms of wildlife. The photo competition was aimed to motivate and galvanize the youth to take action to protect wildlife from the threat of extinction and Gàbor’s photo is an inspiration to all of us.”
Winner – World Wildlife Day Contest: ‘The Blue Diamond’- Gàbor Li
Heavy bodied Jumping Spider
Group of Crane Flies
African flap-necked chameleon