Image of bird at US-Mexico border wall wins contest

Image of bird at US-Mexico border wall wins contest
Mr Prieto has documented wildlife at the US-border wall and their ecosystems. Source: ALEJANDRO PRIETO / BIRD PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
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Daily US Times: An image of a bird at the US-Mexico border wall has won a prestigious photo contest. Mexican photographer Alejandro Prieto captured the moment.

Mr Prieto’s image was selected from 22,000 entries. He was named the grand prize winner of the Bird Photographer of the Year competition.

His photograph depicts a bird that has stopped in front of the wall.

Prieto says the image highlights the threat to biodiversity that the wall poses.

The US-Mexico border area is a delicate ecosystem with regular bird and animal migrations moving south and north on the American continent.

A number of species need to cross the border in this region to mate with their genetically different cousins, including the black bear, which was re-introduced to Texas in the 1990s, and the endangered North American jaguar.

Mr Prieto said: “The border wall crosses deserts, mountains and even mangroves. It is not just desert, and is in fact very biodiverse with more than 1,500 animal and plant species threatened by the wall.”

He was awarded £5,000 for winning the competition. Other categories included Urban Birds and Young Bird Photographer of the Year.

For over a year, Mr Prieto has been documenting wildlife at the border.

During that time, he faced constant presence of drug cartels and harassment from border control.

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