Mexican is "Wildlife Photographer of the Year"

By Fernanda Duque Hernández

The Cancun native was awarded by the London Museum of Natural History

For the second time now, the cancunense photographer, Luis Javier Sandoval, was recognized as the ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ by the London Museum of Natural History, in England; this institution organizes the international Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, the most important one in the world, when it comes to environmental conservation.

sandoval1Original images: Press release, Embajada de México en el Reino Unido

‘Star Player’ is the name of the photography that granted the Mexican artist his first place in the category ‘Impressions’, and it was taken near the Isla Espiritu Santo, in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur.

Through his lens, Sandoval captured the moment in which a young sea lion played with a starfish, beneath the crystal waters in the Sea of Cortez; the passion, complexity and technique of the photography were the decisive factors for the jury to award him with the first place among over 50 thousand submitted images.

sandoval2Original images: Press release, Embajada de México en el Reino Unido

During the award ceremony, the photographer stated that "the winning photography demonstrates that Mexico is a country of young dedicated people with talent, in spite of the presidential candidate's xenophobe speech, the republican Donald Trump".

It is worth mentioning that, in 2013, Luis Javier Sandoval won the first place in the 'Behaviour: Cold Blooded Animals' category, for the snapshot of a green turtle, which lives in Cancun.

sandoval3© Luis Javier Sandoval/2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The image of the sea lion will be on exhibition at the London Museum of Natural History, from October 21st to September the 10th, 2017.

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