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WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the longest-running and most prestigious nature photography competition in the world.

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It was Uge's first trip to Africa. Settled beside a waterhole in Namibia's Etosha National Park, with a wealth of wildlife coming to drink close to where he was parked, it took him a while to decide what to work on. 'Finally,' he says, 'I released the frustrated painter in me' and concentrated on creating an impressionistic picture. Deciding on the structure of the composition, he waited many hours for a combination of animals that worked (finally, the galloping zebra, though there is also an oryx in front). 'The challenge', he explains, 'was making an elephant a foreground frame to a moving background,' as was getting the light exactly right without burning out the image. He took hundreds of pictures and, after eight hours of trying, he finally achieved satisfaction. Image: Impression of Africa by #WPYalumni Uge Fuertes Sanz, Spain. Commended 2013, Creative Visions. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #BlackAndWhite #Photography #BlackAndWhitePhotography #WildlifePhotography #Nature #Wildlife #NaturePhotography #Zebra #Africa #Creative #PhotoOfTheDay #PhotographyCompetition #NaturalHistoryMuseum

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Today's #ThrowbackThursday is this serene image by #WPYalumni Todd Pusser. Todd had travelled to the Bahamas to photograph a well-studied population of wild Atlantic spotted dolphins. On this particular day, the ocean stretched out so smoothly you could even appreciate the curve of the Earth's horizon. Image: Dolphin seascape by Todd Pusser. Highly commended 2005, Animals in their Environment. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #WildlifePhotography #Nature #Wildlife #Dolphin #DolphinsOfInstagram #Bahamas #NaturePhotography #Marinelife #Ocean #PhotographyContest #PhotoOfTheDay

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An infestation of bark beetles destroyed vast areas of managed spruce forest in the Bavarian Forest Biosphere Reserve in 1990. The authorities decided to stop logging, and let nature take charge, leaving infested trees standing. By the time Ingo took this image nearly a quarter of a century later, the forest had begun to rejuvenate. Now it has an abundance of species, including rowan and spruce of varying ages, and a carpet of reed grass, ensuring it is far more likely to survive future beetle infestations. Ingo climbed the slopes of Mt Lusen on the German-Czech Republic border, to take a picture looking down on the trees. He chose a rainy day in autumn as ‘the colours come out more brilliantly if everything is wet’. Ingo loves the remoteness of the area and considers the regrowth of ‘new life from dead matter one of the most amazing natural spectacles in the world’. Image: The resurrected forest by Ingo Zahlheimer, Germany. Finalist 2014, 15-17 Years. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #Nature #NaturePhotography #NaturalBeauty #Plants #PlantPhotography #Forest #BavarianForest #Trees #Tree #Creative #Art #PhotographyContest #Photography #PhotoOfTheDay #PhotographyCompetition #NaturalHistoryMuseum

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On the nest, great northern divers can be nervous, so Connor waded into the lake closer every day, increasing this female’s trust. On one visit she even laid a second egg. ‘I spent a few days waiting for the right light and earning more trust.’ Connor wanted to capture the intimacy of the nest in the lake setting, so used a wide-angle, with his camera (camouflaged) on remote. ‘It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the best I’ve ever had.’ Image: Evening peace by #WPYalumni @connorstefanison. Winner 2013, Eric Hosking Portfolio Award. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #Nature #Birds #BirdPhotography #BirdsOfInstagram #ConnorStefanison #Lake #GreatNorthernDiver #Wildlife #WildlifePhotography #NaturePhotography #Photography #Instagood #Instanature #PhotoOfTheDay #NaturePhotos #NaturalHistoryMuseum

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In honour of #SharkAwarenessDay, we're revisiting this powerful image by #WPYalumni Brian Skerry. Brian is a photojournalist specialising in marine wildlife and underwater environments. Each year more than 100 million sharks are killed worldwide, threatening the survival of most species. The slaughter is in part driven by the high price paid for shark fins on the Asian market. Brian went to Baja California, Mexico, specifically to document the killing. This female mako shark was pregnant with nearly full-term pups. 'I was concentrating on composing the frame to show the finning of this beautiful fish, with the fisherman sharpening his knife in the background,' says Brian. 'It was only afterwards that I noticed the poignant "tear of blood".' Image: Tears of blood by @brianskerry USA. Highly commended 2010, One Earth Award. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #Photojournalism #WildlifeIssues #Shark #Sharks #Photojournalist #BrianSkerry #SharkFin #WildlifeTrade #WildlifePhotographer #PhotographyContest #ProtectSharks #Photography #PhotoOfTheDay #PhotographyCompetition #NaturalHistoryMuseum

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Harvest time at Owen’s grandparents’ farm draws in the birds of prey to feed on the fleeing small mammals, and it also attracts Owen, with his camera at the ready. ‘Seeing this red kite with an aeroplane in the distance was a moment I couldn’t miss,’ says Owen. The shot is symbolic for him for two reasons. It was taken at the centre of the Bedfordshire site chosen for London’s third airport back in the late 1960s. ‘Opposition to the planned airport stopped it going ahead, which is why I can photograph the wildlife on the farm today.’ At the same time, British red kites also faced extinction following centuries of persecution. But following reintroductions, numbers have increased dramatically, spreading east from the Chilterns. Are you a young photographer with an eye for an unusual picture? The next competition opens for entries on 22 October and we’d love to see your work! Keep an eye on our feeds for tips and competition updates. Image: Flight paths by Owen Hearn, UK. Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012, Grand title winner. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #Nature #Birds #BirdPhotography #RedKites #BirdsOfInstagram #YoungPhotographer #Wildlife #WildlifePhotography #NaturePhotography #Photography #Instagood #Instanature #PhotoOfTheDay #NaturePhotos #NaturalHistoryMuseum #PhotographyCompetition

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Ready to make an impression? The 2019 competition opens on 22 October 2018 and we want to see the natural world through your lens. Now is the time to start thinking about the images you want to submit, and the wild creatures and places you want to share with the world. #WPYalumni Jordi is fascinated by crocodiles, 'with their bizarre beauty' and the fact that they have outlived the dinosaurs. He was diving at Jardines de la Reina, an archipelago off southern Cuba, when he encountered this juvenile. Image: The shy crocodile by Jordi Chias Pujol, Spain. Specially commended 2013, Underwater Worlds. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #Crocodile #WildlifePhotography #Cuba #AmericanCrocodile #Photography #Underwater #UnderwaterPhotography #WildlifePhotographer #PhotographyContest #Photography #PhotoOfTheDay #PhotographyCompetition #NaturalHistoryMuseum

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As the Sun slid towards the horizon, the soft afternoon light transformed Kenya’s Lake Nakuru National Park into an enchanted woodland. The fever trees were a good enough subject by themselves, but David was ‘thrilled to encounter this leopard resting so magnificently on one of the boughs’. He removed the teleconverter on his lens to get a wider view of the scene. The leopard was relaxed, repositioning itself every now and then, but David wanted a pose that was a little more special. Aware that the dappled light was fading fast, he waited. When the leopard yawned, he took the shot and captured ‘the animal laid out perfectly on the branch’. To make it truly special, he stitched together two images, the second featuring the woodland now bathed in the sun’s last rays – so ‘recreating the magical scene’ as he would remember it. Image: The enchanted woodland by @davidlloyd, New Zealand/ United Kingdom. Finalist 2014, Mammals. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #WildlifePhotography #Nature #Wildlife #Leopard #BigCats #Cats #FeverTrees #NaturePhotography #Kenya #LakeNakuruNationalPark #Instanature #Photographer #WildlifePhotographer #Photography #PhotoOfTheDay #PhotographyCompetition #NaturalHistoryMuseum

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Last year, Louis and his family went on holiday to India with an Indian friend, who took them to lots of nature reserves. 'One morning we went for a visit at sunrise', says Louis, 'to Keoladeo National Park', in Bharatpur. 'There were many peacocks still asleep in the trees. When they woke up, they would fly away' to forage. 'I took my picture just before this peacock left his tree. I really liked the silhouette of the peacock and the tree, also the special light.' It wasn't until Louis looked at the picture later that he saw the second silhouette - as distinctive as the peacock's - a bee-eater. Image: Peacock at sunrise by #WPYalumni Louis Pattyn, Belgium. Winner 2013, 10 Years and Under. The 2019 competition opens for entries on 22 October 2018 and it's free to enter for photographers aged 17 and under. Please spread the word and help us to support the wildlife photographers of the future. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #Nature #Birds #BirdPhotography #BirdsOfInstagram #YoungPhotographer #Peacock #India #IndianWildlife #BeeEater #Wildlife #WildlifePhotography #NaturePhotography #Photography #Instagood #Instanature #PhotoOfTheDay #NaturePhotos #NaturalHistoryMuseum #PhotographyCompetition

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In this image by #WPY53 grand title winner @brentstirton, Maasai Lion Guardians are tracking radio-collared lions. Traditional spearing by Maasai warriors, often in retaliation for cattle killings, is the greatest threat to the survival of lions in southern Kenya. The Lion Guardians conservation programme recruits Maasai men, many former lion‑killers, to track the lions, collect DNA samples, and produce identity cards for them. This confers a sense of ownership and pride among the men, forming a vanguard to prevent other Maasai from hunting lions. The lives of lions are now inextricably linked to those of humans. Brent’s #WPY50 portfolio highlights some of the ways in which humans regard lions and utilize them. See more images and other photo stories at www.wildlifephotographeroftheyear.com. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #Rhino #Rhinos #Conservation #Photojournalism #Photography #WildlifeIssues #RhinoConservation #SouthAfrica #Animals #Environment #RhinoHornTrade #SaveTheRhino #BrentStirton #Wildlife #Photojournalist #NaturePhotography #PhotoOfTheDay #NaturalHistoryMuseum #Exhibition

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Today's image takes us to Pantanal, Brazil, where #WPYalumni Theo Allofs captured this memorable portrait of a giant river otter. After a few weeks following a giant river otter family, Theo gradually won their trust. The otters teased him by popping their heads out of the water close to his boat, looking at him for a second or two, and then diving down again before he could get a chance to aim his camera. Finally, he saw an otter swim towards him and then dive. He guessed where it would surface and pointed the camera. Into the viewfinder appeared this head, a small catfish dangling from the corner of its mouth. Image by @theo_allofs_photography. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #WildlifePhotography #Nature #Wildlife #NaturePhotography #Otter #RiverOtter #OttersOfInstagram #WildlifePhotographer #PhotographyContest #Brazil #Pantanal #Photography #PhotoOfTheDay #PhotographyCompetition #NaturalHistoryMuseum

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Snowy owls had overwintered farther south than usual, including in a salt marsh near #WPYalumni Connor Stefanison’s home. For a week, he got up at dawn, experimenting with settings to create an impression of the owls’ ghostly flight as they searched for food. ‘I was disappointed that I didn’t capture the owl head on,’ he says, ‘until it occurred to me that this shot of it disappearing into the gloom might capture a far more atmospheric impression.’ Image: Silent flight by #WPYalumni @connorstefanison. Winner 2013, Eric Hosking Portfolio Award #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #Nature #Birds #Owls #OwlsOfInstagram #BirdPhotography #SnowyOwl #BirdsOfInstagram #ConnorStefanison #Wildlife #WildlifePhotography #NaturePhotography #Photography #Instagood #Instanature #PhotoOfTheDay #NaturePhotos #NaturalHistoryMuseum

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When hundreds of moor frogs arrived at a spawning pond in Ewald’s home town of Burgau, Austria, it was time for him to pull on his waders. The males – the most visible on top of the females – had turned from dull brown to intense blue, and the water boiled with the mass of mating and egg-laying couples. Ewald slowly inched towards them until he was standing waist‑deep in the freezing water and then started to compose his shots. Through his viewfinder he suddenly became aware that one of the eggs had been transformed into an eye and appeared to be staring at him. Image: Eye of the spawn by #WPYalumni Ewald Neffe, Austria. Finalist 2014, Amphibians and Reptiles. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #WildlifePhotography #Photography #Nature #Wildlife #MoorFrog #Spawning #NaturePhotography #Frog #FrogsOfInstagram #PhotographyContest #PhotoOfTheDay #NaturalBeauty #Austria #NaturalHistoryMuseum

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I was initially attracted to this scene by the perfect reflection of the tree trunks in the still floodwater, but it was the subtle green of the lichens and the purple-tinged buds that made the scene so beautiful. Willow, alder and birch come together in a seemingly chaotic way but are underwritten by perfect ecological order.' - #WPYalumni Peter Cairns describing his 2010 image ‘Floodwater tapestry’. The 2019 competition opens for entries in October and we'd love to see more images celebrating plants and their role in an environment. If you’re keen on photographing plant subjects there’s plenty of time to take a look at your existing work and of course, to pick up your camera! Keep an eye on our feeds for competition updates. Image by @peter_cairns_photography. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #WildlifePhotography #Nature #Wildlife #NaturePhotography #NaturalBeauty #Trees #Scotland #InshMarshes #Plants #PlantPhotography #Floodwater #WildlifePhotographer #PhotographyContest #Photography #PhotoOfTheDay #Instagood #Instanature #PhotographyCompetition #NaturalHistoryMuseum

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Thomas climbed to the top of the ladder, determined to get the right perspective for his shot. Day after day, he returned to this spot and his ladder-balancing act. Finally, the sharks lounging in the ankle deep water lined up perfectly as dramatic clouds peppered the horizon. Thomas had his photograph. Blacktip reef sharks are powerful swimmers and spend their days hunting in shallow waters over coral reefs. Their white bellies and dark backs act as a camouflage against the dim seafloor and bright ocean surface. With their bellies touching the sand, they point their snouts into the current to keep water flowing over their gills. Image: Before the tide turned by Thomas P Peschak / @thomaspeschak. Winner 2017, Portfolio Award. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #WildlifePhotography #Nature #Wildlife #WildAnimals #Sharks #BlacktipReefSharks #Archipegalo #SharksOfInstagram #Seychelles #NaturePhotography #ThomasPeschak #Marinelife #Ocean #PhotographyContest #PhotoOfTheDay #Instagood #Exhibition #NaturalHistoryMuseum

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The five-metre baitball was constantly changing shape and moving. The mackerel’s defence strategy seemed to be working, as for the hour Jordi followed them, freediving, no predators attacked. As the ball sank deeper, he captured a top-down perspective, highlighting the graceful choreography that belied the simmering tension. By swimming in a tight, coordinated school, the slender mackerel confuse their predators, striped European barracudas and broader bluefish. Barracudas are skilful hunters of fish, as are the aggressive bluefish, which often attack shoals as well as hunting other animals such as squid. Image: Circle of life by Jordi Chias Pujol, Spain. Finalist 2017, Under Water. It’s not too late to see more striking images of the underwater world in the #WPY53 exhibition, open at the @natural_history_museum, London until this Sunday 1 July. Tickets are available via the link in our bio. Don’t miss it! #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #MarineLife #Photography #MarineConservation #Oceans #Wildlife #Mackerel #Baitball #Underwater #UnderwaterPhotography #Azores #NaturePhotography #Nature #WildlifePhotography #NaturePhotos #PhotoOfTheDay #Sea #Ocean #Environment #Photography #Exhibition #NaturalHistoryMuseum

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For two years, Roberto González García photographed these spectacular flocks of cattle egrets as they descended on the Bay of Santander. After visiting this spot countless times, he eventually found his perfect composition amid the industrial shipyard activity. That morning, in the magical pre-dawn hour, his photograph finally came together. Since the 1980s, cattle egrets have spread across the north of Spain and Cantabria is now home to flocks of about 4,000. In the industrial area of the Bay of Santander, the birds descend every evening to find refuge in the tranquil reed beds. The next morning, they will take to the air in their hundreds. Image by Roberto González Garcia / @wlcantabria. To find out more about this story, read our latest guest blog via the Community section at www.wildlifephotographeroftheyear.com. Roberto's stunning image is on display at the @natural_history_museum until 1 July. For tickets, visit the link in our bio. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #Nature #NaturePhotography #Wildlife #Birds #BirdsOfInstagram #BirdPhotography #UrbanPhotography #UrbanWildlife #Spain #Cantabria #Santander #PhotographyCompetition #NaturePhotos #Exhibition #Museum #NaturalHistoryMuseum

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Undeterred by the turbulence shaking his tiny Cessna plane, Angiolo surveyed the beautiful scene unfolding below him. The endless dunes of the Namib Desert glimmered and glowed as the last of the day’s light filtered through the clouds. Each ray illuminated a bewitching pattern, ‘like the painting of a great artist’. The Namib is one of the world’s biggest and oldest deserts – at least 55 million years old – and is largely devoid of surface water. Yet if you look closely, the smooth contours of the sand are roughened with vegetation. These plants are able to survive on groundwater and moisture from fog swept inland from the coast. Image: Desert canvas by Angiolo Manetti, Italy. Finalist 2017, Earth’s Environments. There's just under one week left to see Angiolo's image on display in the stunning #WPY53 exhibition at the @natural_history_museum, London. Tickets are available via the link in our profile. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #NaturePhotography #WildlifePhotography #Photography #AerialPhotography #NamibDesert #Desert #PhotographyCompetition #NaturalHistoryMuseum #Instanature #NaturalBeauty #Photographer #PhotoOfTheDay #NaturePhotos #Landscapes #LandscapePhotography #Environment #Exhibition

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