Matthew Burrard-Lucas, a PhotoGalaxy member since February 2004, has won the 15-17 year old category of the 2005 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The competition is widely regarded as the most prestigious wildlife competition in the world and this year received 17,000 entries from some of the top names in the field. The winning photographs are beautifully exhibited in the Natural History Museum, London.
Matthew took this photograph of a chimpanzee during a family holiday in Tanzania last Christmas. He was just 15 at the time. The chimpanzee is the alpha male of a group of around 40 chimpanzees that live in the Mahale Mountains National Park. Matthew recalls how he had to edge forward on his stomach to get close enough to take this shot. The main challenges, he said, were in getting the camera to correctly expose the chimpís dark features in the low light of the jungle and ignoring the angry safari ants that were crawling all over him!
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year