Of 338 known species, approximately 50 types of these birds live or breed in the tropical lowlands and cloud forests of Costa Rica, where arboreal vipers also live amid the thick foliage. This remarkable photograph of a hummingbird confronting a pit viper has gained him an enormous amount of attention. The vivid colors were produced by cleverly utilizing flashes and something that is hard to master, but is no problem for Bence.
Bence Máté is well-known as one of the world’s greatest wildlife photographers. In the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition alone, Bence has placed a total of 17 times and counting. Bence Mate took the title of “Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year” in 2002, and then the adult prize of “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” in 2010.