Ants are that one houseguest that no one wants around, but nearly everyone gets. Although they are common insects, their capabilities are far beyond ordinary. Most of us tend to ignore them, but this photographer from the Philippines decided to give a little more attention to the ants in her garden and it won her a photography award.
Ants are busy creatures forever moving around. But did you know that ants are actually ridiculously strong? Believe it or not, they can carry up to fifty times their own body. Their miniature nature gives their muscles a greater cross-sectional area relative to their body size compared to larger animals bestowing superhuman strength upon them.
Analiza Daran De Guzman observed ants in her garden and decided to capture such moments of ants displaying superhuman strength. Her photographs were themed around these supernatural creatures carrying water droplets across a piece of string, and the results are absolutely exceptional.
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Most of all, no special equipment was involved in taking these photographs except a Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Analiza’s professional camera was being repaired, so she had to her smartphone and clip-on microlens.
She spent hours trying to capture the perfect moments and her efforts were eventually paid off as one of her many ant photos won the #Water2020 contest held by the photo app “Agora” in April.
The photography contest was launched on 28th February and hundreds of amateur and professional photographers submitted impressive photos of lakes, oceans, seas, and rivers.
Octavi Royo, Co-Founder, and CEO of Agora highlighted the significance of water saying, “Water molecules are a blend of millions of years of history and have passed through many oceans, continents, and beings of all kinds. It has evolved from liquid to solid states countless times over the course of time.”
“Today, we discover the best pictures of #Water at a specific time in history. A moment to make the finalist photographers’ point of view eternal and, through Agora, share them with the world to become part of the collective memory and treasures of Humanity. Power to #Water2020!” he continued.
The contest was held in 5 voting rounds and Analiza’s photograph named “thirsty ants” which was taken under a mango tree garnered the most votes.
“Insects move fast, ants particularly. It is tricky to take pictures with a mere mobile. Ants stop moving fast when they start to drink water… so I gave them water,” she explained.