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Incredible Photo Of Shark In Heart-Shaped School Of Fish Wins Photography Prize

Incredible Photo Of Shark In Heart-Shaped School Of Fish Wins Photography Prize

An incredible photo of a shark in a school of fish has won the top prize at this year's Drone Photo Awards.

Part of the Siena Awards Festival in Italy, the aerial awards category sees entrants from 126 countries enter their photos to be judged for the top prize. The 45 top ranking photos will be displayed in the 'Above Us Only Sky' exhibition. It runs from 24 October to 29 November at one of Italy's oldest science museums - the Accademia dei Fisiocritici in Siena.

The overall winner for this year was taken by Jim Picôt, an Australian photographer who took a truly once in a lifetime snap. His winning image portrayed a striking sight - a school of salmon forming a heart shape while been hunted down by a preying shark.

Others include an image called Ring of Crocodiles. The stunning photograph was taken in Bangladesh by photographer Adnan Asif. It featured in the wildlife category:

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Credit: Adnan Asif/Drone Photo Awards
Credit: Adnan Asif/Drone Photo Awards

Another showed a crater row that was taken in Iceland, by photographer James Rushforth:

Credit: James Rushforth/Drone Photo Awards
Credit: James Rushforth/Drone Photo Awards

As described by the creators of the awards, 'he exhibition represents the only group exhibition held in Italy on aerial photography, with images that capture the beauty of the world seen from the skies and allow imagination to tell a story'.

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Just a few weeks ago, the finalists for another set of incredible photographs were announced - the 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

Entries were whittled down to 44 fantastic photos, with a rebellious kingfisher, a smug elephant seal and a fed-up gorilla.

Credit: Marcus Westberg / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Credit: Marcus Westberg / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

The global competition was founded by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, both professional photographers and passionate conservationists, and is free to enter - though clearly if you've just snapped your cat doing something daft you're too later for this year.

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In addition to providing some light-hearted relief, the competition aims to raise awareness of wildlife conservation in an engaging and positive way, working alongside main competition partner, The Born Free Foundation.

Tom and Paul share the judging panel by wildlife TV presenter and writer Kate Humble, actor and comedian Hugh Dennis, wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas and co-founder of Amazing Internet Andrew Skirrow.

Also on the panel are photographer Simon Pollock, wildlife expert and co-founder of BFF Will Travers OBE, Managing Director of Affinity Ashley Hewson, the Telegraph's online travel editor Oliver Smith, conservationist Bella Lack and picture editor Celia Dunlop.

Featured Image Credit: Jim Picôt/Drone Photo Awards

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Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into PR and then the world of music. After a few years working on festivals and events, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]