"POLLINATIONS", BY JORDAN RALPH; WINNER, 'YOUTH AWARD'.
"I visited Skukuza Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park during July, in the peak season of aloes blooming. The brightly coloured aloe flowers vied with the brilliantly coloured sunbirds. The birds darted among the flowers, chasing each other in flashes of varied brilliance as they contested for the sweetest sources of food.
While watching the chaos of a feeding frenzy among countless birds in an aloe patch, I managed to capture this image of a white-bellied sunbird. The base of its bill was dusted with pollen as a bee, with large pollen accumulations attached to its legs, moved to the same flower to feed side by side with the sunbird before its presence was noticed.
This image shows how intricate our ecosystems are as all species are interlinked. The aloe is dependent on the sunbird and the bee in order for it to be pollinated, while the sunbird and bee feed on the aloe’s nectar to survive."