The winner of this week's Reader SunShots theme "At the Zoo" is Ashley Demchuk for her photo of a rare white alligator at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. The critter was captured with a Canon SX20 IS. " "I loved the juxtaposition of such a dark enclosure with the brightness of the alligator," Demchuk writes. I also wanted to capture another side of the alligator. Alligators are generally thought of as dangerous but I think this one looks almost ethereal." Sun photo editor Jerry Jackson comments, "The Audubon Zoo has several of these rare leucistic alligators housed in a darkened environment to protect them from sunlight. When photographing in the zoo, usually the goal is to make an image that looks like the animal is in a natural environment. In this case, the artificial lighting works to add more drama to this mysterious creature."
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