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Two Sri Lankans named in BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year list

Two Sri Lankans named in BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year list

Two Sri Lankans named in BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year list

Two Sri Lankans have been recognized in this year’s BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year list. 

Nature lovers Buddhilini de Soyza and 10-year-old Gagana Mendis Wickramasinghe have been included in the list. 

Buddhilini de Soyza’s photo, ‘The Great Swim’, which shows male cheetahs paddling across the flood-swollen Talek River in Kenya’s Maasai Mara, has reached the top of the list.

The Great Swim by Buddhilini de Soyza was Highly Commended in the 2021 Behaviour: Mammals category
The Great Swim by Buddhilini de Soyza was Highly Commended in the 2021 Behaviour: Mammals category

Meanwhile, Gagana’s picture titled “Lockdown chicks” shows three rose-ringed parakeet chicks popping their heads out of a nest hole as their father returns with food.

According to the 10‑year-old photographer, the picture was taken from a balcony at his home in Colombo.

Lockdown chicks by Gagana Mendis Wickramasinghe Sri Lanka
Lockdown chicks by Gagana Mendis Wickramasinghe Sri Lanka

The overall winners in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition will be announced at an awards ceremony held on the 12th of October.