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.