I'm Maria Sahai, and I was born in a remote Russian Far East on the shores of Sea of Okhotsk, raised in the steppes of Southern Kazakhstan, and worked and lived all over the world since then. My family, working in the Soviet military, traveled around the former Soviet Union, including less known areas where polar bears roam freely, the aurora borealis can be seen for months, and the indigenous chukchas live in seal skin-covered yarangas.
Halfway through September of 2017, I was photographing insects and spiders at my local arboretum when I stumbled upon a colony of oak treehoppers. Oak treehoppers were on my bucket list of insects I was dying to find and photograph so I was THRILLED to have found a colony of nymphs (immature insects)! As I photographed the nymphs, I noticed a single adult a few inches away on the same twig.
I traveled to the Galápagos Islands of Ecuador for one week and was surprised at the variety of animals there. However, sea lions were the animal that caught my eye. I posted other photos of sea lions here on Bored Panda, and people seemed to love them, so I thought I would post some more! I have so many photos of sea lions because they were literally everywhere!
As a creative portrait photographer my day to day job involves capturing the personalities of characters in unique art images commercially. I got bored of looking at pictures of animals looking like they are inanimate objects when they have as much, if not more, personality as humans! So I had a go myself, and here's what I came up with..
A collection of beautiful birds I captured from India. I listen; I listen to words, nature, patterns, signs, to people. I listen to everything I see and feel.
At some point of time it is every photographer's dream to travel the world and shoot wildlife a la National Geographic style. Amr Elshamy visualized such adventures and turned his dream into creative photography by using scaled models and imagination.
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2016 (see 2015 here) came to an end on October 1st, and the shortlisted final 40 entries have finally been revealed.