Fifth-grade boy from Bengaluru bags International award for photography

Vidyun R Hebbar, a class 5 student from Bengaluru received the award for Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021. The London National Museum of History’s award is for a picture of a spider and spider web copied from the city and it titled ‘Dome Home’. London’s Natural History Museum conducts the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest every year. This time, more than 50,000 entries were received in 19 categories. The photography award is a special award that seeks for extraordinary shots with emotions and connection that resonates with a judge or with any viewer.

Vidyun who started filming at the age of three has been sending his pictures to NHM since he was eight years old and he loves to catch often neglected creatures on the streets and parks near his home in Bengaluru.

The perfectly framed image which received the award features a tent spider that the young photographer spotted in his local theme park, where a passing autorickshaw provided a colorful backdrop. 

Vidyun’s ‘Urban Life’ photographs were inspired by his father’s words that you don’t have to go to the forest to take wildlife pictures, they are also in the cities.  

Among them are pictures taken from Sringeri in Karnataka, the hometown of his grandfather.

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Vidyun also received a commendation for his other picture of a butterfly, clicked in his school garden. 

Vidyun Hebbar has been received a photography award for his picture ‘Dome Home’ at an award ceremony held virtually from London. The 11-year-old Vidyun will receive a certificate and a portfolio book which has the pictures of the winners and 1,000 British pound sterling.