This year almost 43.000 entries from across 96 countries have been submitted to compete in the fantastic annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. This great photo competition by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide celebrates the rich array of life on our planet, reflecting not only its beauty but also highlighting its fragility. After what must have been countless days of comparisons, the international panel of judges has announced the winners of this year’s prestigious competition. South African photographer Greg du Toit has been named Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 for his image Essence of elephants while the 14-year old indian boy Udayan Rao Pawar won the Young Photographer of the Year award with his stung image Mothers little headful. Enjoy these and the other winning photo’s of this year’s competition below!
What a brilliant photo of a female gharial with hatchlings on her head. It was shot in the early morning by young Udayan Rao Udayan on the banks of the Chambal River, India. Sadly although Gharials were once found in rivers all over India, today just 200 or so breeding adults remain..
This beautiful arty wildlife shot is the winning photograph of the wildlife photographer of the year 2013. Although Greg du Toit has photographed African elephants for years, he had always wanted to create an image that captures their special energy and the state of consciousness that he’d sense when with them. This is the stunning result, a baby elephant and its herd near a waterhole in Botswana’s Northern Tuli Game Reserve, photographer from a sunken freight container used as hide with a ground-level view!
When photographing the famous Japanese macaques around the hot springs of Jigokudani, central Japan, Jasper Doest took this stunning photograph of a Japanese macaque near the hot springs of Jigokudani, central Japan. It took him a couple years to get this ultimate shot of swirling steam and snow flakes and a wet macaque.
By a combination of photography and wilderness skills, Connor Stefanison managed to get this amazing shot of a female barred owl in flight in her territory in Burnaby, British Columbia. He watched her for some time and familiarised himself with her flight paths until he knew her well enough to set up his camera near one of the owl’s favourite perches, linked to a remote and three off-camera flashes, and put a dead mouse on a platform above the camera to wait for the swoop that he knew would come.
Another win for Connor Stefanison with this shot of a fox jumping up ready to catch a tasty mouse, amongst the beautiful grasslands of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. A beautiful photo showcasing this fascinating animal.
You can visit the exhibition in the Natural History Museum in London from the 18th of October 2013 until 23 March 2014.