Second Runner-up | Animal Portraits


Lakshitha Karunarathna

Second Runner-up | Animal Portraits

Masai Mara National Park, Kenya

Pay Through The Nose

Can being nosy also be beneficial? The Yellow-billed Oxpecker says, yes! The bird can be seen perched on the nose of African Water Buffalos, from where it gains an endless buffet of insects and parasites. The giant bovids, in return, gain protection from ticks. Talk about win-win!


Lakshitha Karunarathna

Lakshitha Karunarathna is a tea taster by profession. His interest in natural history and wildlife photography is heavily inspired by Sir David Attenborough’s documentaries and other works. An avid enthusiast in monochrome photography and animal portraits, he travels to many wildlife-rich parts of the world, photographing the wonders of nature through his lens.