The world mourned when the crocodile whisperer and wildlife personality, Steve Irwin, was stabbed through the heart by a stingray. However, it seems his talents have carried over to his son, Robert, who has just claimed the top prize in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Steve Irwin was revered in Australia, and across the world, because he was a lovable rogue with a big personality and a genuine love for the animals he interacted with. Sure, he was parodied in shows like The Simpsons, but almost always in a positive way. Thus, it was such a shock when news filtered through over a decade ago that he'd been killed by a stingray. As sad as it was to lose such an Aussie icon, it was also just as sad to think of the two young children he left behind. However, both children are faring extremely well and have created extraordinarily good lives for themselves.
Evidence of that was seen recently when Robert Irwin was announced the winner of the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020 People’s Choice Award. Robert, who first picked up a camera when he was six years old, took a photo of the bushfires that absolutely ravaged Australia's coastlines through the early part of 2020. Finalists included leading wildlife photographers such as National Geographic’s Ami Vitale. Robert’s image – a drone shot of a bushfire front in the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in Cape York, stood out as “stirring and symbolic”, said Natural History Museum director Doug Gurr. Not many people know that Steve Irwin was a very accomplished photographer, and it seems his son, Robert, is making a very good fist of continuing his father's legacy.
You can see the winning image as well as some of the other images that made it to the final here. What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.