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Mangrove forests: Photography winners show beauty of ecosystems

Musfiqur Rahman has been named total winner of this yr’s Mangrove Photography Awards, for his picture of a wild honey gatherer subduing large honeybees with smoke, in Bangladesh.

picture supply, Musfiqur Rahman

Run by the Mangrove Action Project, the competitors – now in its seventh yr – goals to show the relationships between wildlife, coastal communities and mangrove forests, in addition to the fragility of these distinctive ecosystems, each above and beneath the waterline.

Rahman’s successful picture, A Brave Livelihood, was chosen from greater than 1,300 entries from 65 nations.

“Indigenous Mowal honey gatherers, protected by Bonbibi, the forest goddess, must evade the dangers (Bengal tigers and saltwater crocodiles) lurking in the mangroves,” says Rahman.

“This ancient tradition and sustainable relationship between people and the mangrove forest takes place in the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, and also India.”

Mangroves are an necessary safety towards local weather change, with one acre (4,000 sq m) of mangrove forest absorbing practically the identical quantity of carbon dioxide as an acre of Amazon rainforest.

The forests additionally shield coastlines from eroding as intense storms develop extra frequent.

“Today, less than half the world’s original mangrove forest cover remains,” says competitors decide Robert Irwin.

“It has never been more important to promote the conservation of these fragile ecosystems through inspiring photography.”

Here is a variety of successful photos from six competitors classes, with descriptions by the photographers.

Mangroves & People winner: Mangrove Propagators, by Mark Kevin Badayos, Philippines

picture supply, Mark Kevin Badayos

The solar units on a stretch of shoreline after a mangrove restoration and seaside clear passed off inside the area people.

Mangroves & People runner-up: Kayaking at Al Reem Island, by Hooreya Al Muflahi, UAE

picture supply, Hooreya Al Muflahi

Enchanted by the mangroves throughout a kayaking journey, we put the drone as much as get a distinct perspective to disclose the peerlessly calm blue water between the mangroves.

Mangroves & People extremely counseled: Work in Progress, by Abhijit Chakraborty, India

picture supply, Abhijit Chakraborty

As local weather change and sea degree rise threaten the longer term of the Sundarbans, constructing dams and mangrove beds is turning into one of the final hopes for the folks right here.

Mangroves & Landscape winner: Autumn Tree, by Zohaib Anjum, UAE

picture supply, Zohaib Anjum

Most of the mangroves alongside UAE’s shoreline are present in Abu Dhabi, performing as a “green lung” for the town.

Mangroves & Landscape runner-up: Mangroves at Dawn, by Melodi Roberts, USA

picture supply, Melodi Roberts

A peaceable early morning second on the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.

Mangroves & Landscape extremely counseled: Shining Stars above Mangrove Tree, by Yusuf Bin Madi, Malaysia

picture supply, Yusuf Bin Madi

The Milky Way shining above a mangrove tree at Mersing Beach, Pulau Mawar, Malaysia, an space solely accessible by foot at low tide.

Mangroves & Wildlife winner: Adaptation of Bengal Tiger, by Arijit Das, India

picture supply, Arijit Das

After 4 days of monitoring the elusive Bengal tiger, we had been lastly in a position to predict the place this particular person would possibly cross a creek.

Mangroves & Wildlife runner-up: Dancing Mudskipper, by Leo Liu, Taiwan

picture supply, Leo Liu

The two mudskippers had been surprised throughout a combat for territory, by a playful dancing particular person.

These amphibious fish reside in mudflats and linked mangrove ecosystems.

Mangroves & Underwater winner: Shelter, by Shane Gross, Bahamas

picture supply, Shane Gross

The inexperienced sea turtle is taking shelter within the mangroves.

Green turtles are born on seashores, develop up within the open ocean, eat seagrass and conceal in mangroves and coral reefs.

Protecting these ecosystems is important in defending these species.

Mangroves & Underwater runner-up: A Rare and Occasional Encounter, by Lorenzo Mittiga, Netherlands Antilles

picture supply, Lorenzo Mittiga

A uncommon encounter with a sargassum frogfish out of its pure habitat.

The frogfish is generally related to sargassum seaweed, floating and travelling on the algae for 1000’s of miles from the Atlantic Ocean.

Mangroves & Underwater extremely counseled: Upside-down Jellyfish within the Mangrove, by Lorenzo Mittiga, Netherlands Antilles

picture supply, Lorenzo Mittiga

Mangrove habitats are essential for a lot of completely different sea creatures, together with the fascinating and vibrant upside-down jellyfish.

Mangroves & Threats winner: Garbage on Mangroves, by Mark Kevin Badayos, Philippines

picture supply, Mark Kevin Badayos

The plastic drawback on this half of the world is big, and the mangroves are threatened, and slowly suffocating in plastic waste.

Mangroves & Threats runner-up: Broken Mangrove, by Dhany Darmansyah Saragih, Indonesia

picture supply, Dhany Darmansyah Saragih

Local folks minimize down mangrove timber for gas and constructing supplies for boats and homes.

Over the previous three many years, Indonesia has misplaced 40% of its mangroves.

Mangroves & Threats extremely counseled: The Reflected Threat, by Marcelo Costa Soares, Brazil

picture supply, Marcelo Soares

The picture within the picture reveals the reflection of the largest menace to Brazil’s largest city mangrove swamp: actual property hypothesis in areas of environmental preservation.

Mangroves & Youth winner: Coastal Phantom, by Caleb Hoover, USA

picture supply, Caleb Hoover

A clapper rail darts for canopy in a patch of coastal crimson mangroves.

The elusive fowl has not been sighted within the space in over six years, however this one has discovered security and solitude in a small stretch of mangroves on the coast of Florida.

Mangroves & Youth runner-up: What’s Popping? by Lucas Oh Hao Xiang, Singapore

picture supply, Lucas Oh Hao Xiang

Mangroves are important for reptiles, like this Malayan water monitor, to thrive within the restricted coastal inexperienced areas of the town.

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