Wildlife Photographer of the Yr 2021

I’ve been privileged to be concerned with the Wildlife Photographer of the Yr competitors for over twenty years now. They first approached me to make the trophies for the award winners in 1998, after they have been introduced by Sir David Attenborough.

Sir David Attenborough

I used to be later commissioned to make the trophies for the grownup and youth winners. I’ve since gone on to provide a wide range of trophies all primarily based on the animals within the profitable photographs. From ants to snub-nosed monkeys, elephants to squid, I by no means know what I shall be making!

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021

This yr I used to be as soon as once more commissioned to make the trophies for what has grow to be essentially the most prestigious wildlife pictures competitors on the earth. This yr’s trophies have been a number of the most difficult but! The best way to sculpt a fish in water and a microscopic spider on an internet… in ceramic?

Chosen from over 50,000 entries, Creation by Laurent Ballesta was the grand title winner Wildlife Photographer of the Yr 2021. His placing {photograph} of a camouflage grouper fish depicts a fish diving and turning.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021

As a sculptor, I used to be instantly taken by the attractive curve working down its backbone and the best way its fins articulate its motion. I added texture to the floor so gentle would bounce off the glaze and produce a way of depth and dimensionality to the piece. I mounted the completed sculpture on a chunk of polished granite to counsel watery reflections bouncing off the darkish depths of the ocean.

Fish Sculpture Trophy

Vidyuan R Hebbar’s profitable entry within the youth class depicted a tiny tent spider and introduced me with an actual problem. How was I going to sculpt a spider not more than 15mm broad?

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021
A spider is commuting in a TukTuk – A Tent spider captured with the transferring TukTuk within the baground .

I knew from outset that I would wish to incorporate the spider’s internet as that is such an intrinsic a part of Vidyuan’s {photograph}. I finally determined to mount the spider on a chunk of Tourmaline crystal, which is characterise by web-like crystal clusters, to counsel the spider’s internet.

Spider Sculpture Trophy

The spider itself was too small to sculpt in ceramic so I enlisted the assistance of Daniel Wilds, a designer Goldsmith primarily based in Kent. I requested him to make the spider from silver with the stomach inset with snowflake obsidian. Daniel’s consideration to element and artistry have been very spectacular and I used to be delighted with the end result.

Spider Sculpture Trophy
The Wildlife Photographer of the Yr 2021 ceremony might be viewed on YouTube with Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin presenting the awards. The exhibition is now exhibiting within the Natural History Museum from 15 Oct 2021 till 5 June 2022.