Wildlife photographer of the year
This is the case of the Bornean snub-nosed monkey, whose image did not win the Best Wildlife Photographer Award, but did win the Best Animal Portrait Award. Its author is the Danish zoologist Mogens Trolle, who managed to capture the primate also in a very peaceful gesture, while sunbathing in the state of Sabah.
Family images are a beautiful picture to photograph. For this reason, the Mammals category also immortalizes one of these snapshots, this time starring a group of Pallas’ cats. These felines, typical of Mongolia, can also be found in other areas close to this country, but it is very difficult to see them.
It took many hours of silent observation for these three cubs to come out of their hiding place ready to play, under the watchful eye of their mother. The photo was taken on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in northwest China by Shanyuan Li.
Its author, Frank Deschandol, did not have to travel as far as other photographers in the competition. He did it close to home, in Normandy, with seemingly rudimentary methods, but a magnificent result.
Wildlife photography definition
| Norwegian photographer Audun Rikardsen’s image of a layer of dead and dying herring was used as evidence in a court case against a fishing boat owner. (Credit: Audun Rikardsen / Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
| This image of a lioness with bright red blood was taken by British photographer Lara Jackson in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. (Credit: Lara Jackson / Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
| Sri Lankan and Australian photographer Buddhilini de Soyza feared these male cheetahs might not make it out of a flooded river in Masai Mara, Kenya. (Credit: Buddhilini de Soyza / Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
| An Apollo butterfly lands on a buckeye daisy in the Haut-Jura Regional Natural Park in eastern France, photographed by French photographer Emelin Dupieux. (Credit: Emelin Dupieux / Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
| Sri Lankan photographer Gagana Mendis Wickramasinghe’s image shows a male parakeet with pink rings feeding three chicks. (Credit: Gagana Mendis Wickramasinghe / Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
The images were shortlisted by the Natural History Museum from more than 49,000 entries from around the world. Voting ends on February 2, 2021, and both the winning and runner-up photographs will be displayed in the popular exhibition at the Natural History Museum through July 4, 2021. You can already vote for your favorites at this link.
Capturing a family portrait of mom, dad and their eight chicks proved tricky for Andrew: “They never got together to meet the 10. Burrowing owlets, or burrowing owlets from Ontario, California, often raise large families, so I knew it wouldn’t be easy” After many days of waiting, and when the male was out of sight of the entire flock, Mom and her brood suddenly turned wide-eyed to look in her direction. It was the first time she had seen them all together. She quickly seized the precious moment and captured this fabulous image.
The worried expression on this dog’s face speaks volumes and is a reminder that elk are large and unpredictable wild animals. Guillermo was photographing a moose on the side of the road at Antelope Flats in Grand Teton National Park, when this big male took an interest in the furry visitor. The driver of the car was unable to move the car before the elk took off. Fortunately, the elk soon lost interest and went on his way after a few minutes.
This edition of the contest received more than 50,000 photographs from photographers from more than 90 countries. The contest, in the adult competition, has 16 categories. While the youth competition has only 3 categories.
Those who are able to capture the exotic beauty of the Wild World through their photos will win a trip to London for the award ceremony, as well as cash prizes of up to €10,000. In addition, their photos will be exhibited in museums and galleries around the world.
“A hind leg of this six-month-old Sumatran tiger cub was so badly damaged by a trap that it had to be amputated. The trap was most likely set by palm oil plantation workers to catch the bushmeat… The cub will spend the rest of its life in a Javan zoo cage”
One of Weddel’s most representative wildlife animals was giving birth on the ice; after a week or two after their calf was born, they ‘took their swimming lessons’. Laurent took advantage of this moment to take this beautiful picture.