Outstanding picture of lionesses wins Sri Lankan top US nature photography award


A Sri Lankan wildlife photographer has won the Grand Prize at the preeminent 2017 Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice nature photography awards in the US.

Lakshitha Karunarathna’s outstanding picture of a pride of huddling African lionesses was hailed at a gala event at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington.

The Colombo Page website reports that his is the first time in the competition’s two-decade-long history a photographer from Sri Lanka has taken home the award.

The thought-provoking picture faced stiff competition from 26,000 entries from all around the world, and was captured while Karunarathna was on a photography tour in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve.

A past pupil of Ananda College, Colombo and a tea-taster by trade, Karunarathna’s passion for photographing nature has taken him to many countries, from Sri Lanka’s wildlife parks to the Polar Regions.

A large print of Lakshitha Karunarathna’s winning entry is on display until September 2018 at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C.

Read more here and see more pictures here.

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