Flying in the darkness

CompanyFederal University of Minas Gerais
PhotographerAugusto Milagres e Gomes
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Photographing bats is not an easy task. After several shots and an afternoon spent inside a lake filled with bat guano, I finally got this photo. Bats impress me with their peculiar elegance and their beautiful, precise flight. These animals are essencial for the organic matter input in caves and the provision of ecosystem services, like biological control, pollination and seed dispersal.

About Photographer

Augusto Gomes is a Brazilian biologist, graduated by the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil), and master in Ecology, Conservation and Management of Wildlife by the same institution. Since 2010, he is engaged with research about ecology and conservation of tropical ecosystems, focused on bats and cave environments. During his academic journey, Augusto has also been dedicating to nature photography, as a tool to promote science spreading and nature conservation. Nowadays, the biologist/photographer is member of the Brazilian Joint of Nature Photographers (AFNATURA), and has a web page dedicated to photography, science spreading and environmental awareness: Andira Imagens (www.facebook.com/andiraimagens).