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WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear

Now in its 54th year, WPY is the most prestigious nature photography competition in the world. New winners and exhibition coming soon ... #WPY54

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British photojournalist @emilygarthwaite has been awarded in #WPY54 with this heartbreaking photograph of a sun bear in captivity. Hear from Emily and discover the story behind the picture via our latest Instagram story, or visit www.nhm.ac.uk/discover. This bear was just one of several sun bears kept behind the scenes at a zoo in Sumatra, Indonesia, in conditions Emily says were ‘appalling’. Sun bears are the world’s smallest bears, now critically endangered. In the lowland forests of Southeast Asia, they spend much of their time in trees, eating fruit and small animals, using their claws to prise open rotten wood in search of grubs. They are threatened by rampant deforestation and the demand for their bile and organs for traditional Chinese medicine. Image: Witness by Emily Garthwaite, UK. Highly commended 2018, Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #Photojournalism #WildlifeIssues #Bears #Sunbear #Bear #Indonesia #AnimalsInCaptivity #Conservation #Photojournalist #WildlifeTrade #Sunbears #WildlifePhotographer #PhotographyContest #ProtectAnimals #Photography #PhotoOfTheDay #PhotographyCompetition #EmilyGarthwaite #NaturalHistoryMuseum

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Don’t forget, we have a great prize up for grabs! Our awards ceremony at the @natural_history_museum in London is our highlight of the year and we can't wait for the #WPY54 awards next month. If you'd like the chance to join us for the celebrations on Tues 16 October, enter our free prize draw now by heading to www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy or the link in our bio. Not only will you have an amazing time, you'll be one of the first to discover the 2018 winners! 😱 Closes 28 Sept. Terms and conditions apply. Good luck! #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #NaturePhotography #WildlifePhotography #Competition #Photography #PhotographyAwards #Awards #Animals #Conservation #Photojournalism #NaturalHistoryMuseum #NaturalHistoryMuseumLondon #Museum #London #HintzeHall #WPYawards

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A vibrant image from our archives to celebrate the #FridayFeeling. As the drought in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park stretched on, the waterholes dwindled to pools. Flocks of Lilian’s lovebirds congregated together and when the coast was clear they descended to this pool in an explosion of colour. Image: Pool party by Luke Massey /@lmasseyimages. Shortlisted 2017, #WPYpeopleschoice Award. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #Nature #NaturePhotography #WildlifePhotography #Birds #BirdsOfInstagram #BirdPhotography #Wildlife #Naturegram #Friday #PhotographyCompetition

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Valter Bernardeschi captures the distinctive whiskered faces of a young walrus and its watchful mother in this new image for #WPY54. Congratulations, @bernardeschivalter! Valter came across these walruses feeding near an island in the Norwegian archipelago off Svalbard. Putting on his wetsuit, and using a couple of monopod poles and a float to extend his camera in front of him, he slipped into the icy water. Although clumsy on land, these curious walruses moved with ease and speed in the water. Keeping at pole's length, he was able to take this intimate portrait. Walruses use their highly sensitive whiskers and snout to search out bivalve molluscs (such as clams) and other small invertebrates on the ocean floor. In the cold water, their thick protective skin appears grey when blood flow to its surface is reduced, but darker, reddish‑brown when they are out of water and have warmed up. The tusks are not used for feeding but for display among the males, for defence against polar bears and for hauling themselves out, especially onto sea ice. They will rest on ice floes between bouts of feeding and even give birth on them. Image: Mister Whiskers by Valter Bernardeschi. Highly commended 2018, Animal Portraits. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #WildlifePhotography #NaturePhotography #Photography #PhotoOfTheDay #Svalbard #Norway #Walrus #Portrait #Walruses #NaturePhotos #PhotographyCompetition #NaturalHistoryMuseum #Exhibition

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A winning image in our Animals in Their Environment category must convey a sense of the relationship between the animal and where it lives. In this shot from the 2008 competition by #WPYalumni @brianskerry, a newborn lemon shark pup enjoys the safety and sustenance of its mangrove nursery lagoon, on the coast of Bimini island in the Bahamas. Though it looks huge, the pup is only about 60 cm long. It will spend a couple of years in the nursery before moving to open sea. Mangroves are critical nurseries for many fish – especially lemon sharks – and protect the coast from storm surges. Image: Shark nursery by #WPYalumni Brian Skerry. Runner up 2008, Animals in Their Environment. We’ve recently released new images from the 2018 competition, #WPY54. If you haven’t seen them yet, head to www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #NaturePhotography #WildlifePhotography #LemonShark #Shark #SharksOfInstagram #Animals #Nature #Wildlife #Phorography #BrianSkerry #Underwater #NaturalHistoryMuseum #PhotographyCompetition

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New for #WPY54: In this beautiful image, nature photographer @theobosboom celebrates ‘the simple beauty of structures and patterns created by nature itself’. In a shallow tidal pool, a colourful cluster of detached fronds of egg wrack and bladder wrack form an abstract pattern against white sand. They have been washed off the rocks surrounding Mangersta Sands, on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. The air-filled bladders of these marine algae keep their fronds floating and exposed to light so they can photosynthesize. Where they are very exposed to wave action, the seaweed may have no bladders, reducing the risk of being swept away if their holdfasts are ripped from the rocks. Using a polarizing filter to avoid reflections and to reveal details beneath the surface, Theo experimented with focal lengths – while waiting for the wind to stop causing ripples and moving the seaweed. He finally settled on this composition. Image: Simple beauty by Theo Bosboom, The Netherlands. Highly commended 2018, Creative Visions. Find out more about the newly revealed images at www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #WildlifePhotography #NaturePhotography #Photography #PhotoOfTheDay #Instagood #Instanature #Scotland #Patterns #Seaweed #NaturalBeauty #Nature #Algae #NaturePhotos #PhotographyCompetition #NaturalHistoryMuseum #Exhibition #TheoBosboom

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New for #WPY54: Congratulations to @christianwappl for this magical picture of a glowing firefly larva! By 1am, the forest in Thailand’s Peninsular Botanic Garden was quiet, but in the leaf-litter, its nightlife still shone. The star of the show was a large firefly larva, about 8cm long, which emitted a continuous glow from four light organs at its rear. Fireflies spend most of their lives as larvae, feeding mainly on slugs and snails. This one can even tackle invasive African land snails many times its own size. Its glow – the result of a chemical reaction in its light organs – is most likely a warning to predators that it is unpalatable (whereas, the flashing lights of adult fireflies are for courtship). Framing his composition in almost complete darkness, guessing the direction the larva would take, Christian used a long (33-second) exposure, with a burst of flash at the end, to reveal the larva apparently blazing a trail through the night. Image: Trailblazer by Christian Wappl, Austria. Highly commended 2018, Behaviour: Invertebrates. We can't wait to see this image glowing from one of our exquisite lightboxes. Book your tickets now for the new exhibition at the @natural_history_museum in London, opening on 19 October, via the link in our bio. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #NaturePhotography #WildlifePhotography #Nature #Wildlife #Photography #Conservation #Invertebrates #Firefly #Fireflies #Thailand #ChristianWappl #Exhibition #NaturePhotos #PhotoOfTheDay #PhotographyCompetition #PhotographyContest #NaturalHistoryMuseum #London #Museum

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We have a great prize up for grabs! Our awards ceremony at the @natural_history_museum in London is our highlight of the year and we can't wait for the #WPY54 awards next month. If you'd like the chance to join us for the celebrations, enter our free prize draw now by visiting nhm.ac.uk/wpy or the link in our bio. Not only will you have an amazing time, you'll be one of the first to discover the 2018 winners! 😱 Terms and conditions apply. Good luck. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #NaturePhotography #WildlifePhotography #Competition #Photography #PhotographyAwards #Awards #Animals #Conservation #Photojournalism #NaturalHistoryMuseum #NaturalHistoryMuseumLondon #Museum #London #HintzeHall #WPYawards

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First look: our preview for #WPY54 is here! All Highly Commended in the 2018 competition, the incredible images we’ve released to the press can be seen on exquisite lightbox displays at the @natural_history_museum from 19 October. This image by @emmanuel.rondeau was taken in a remote forest, high in the Himalayas of central Bhutan. The path the male Bengal tiger treads is part of a network linking the country's national parks, corridors that are key to the conservation of this endangered subspecies but unprotected from logging and poaching. There were just 103 tigers in Bhutan at the last count. To discover more about Emmanuel’s picture and see the wider preview selection, visit http://bit.ly/WPY54-preview. A huge congratulations to all the featured photographers - their work was selected from over 45,000 entries from 95 countries! The overall winners will be announced on 16 October. Feeling inspired? The 2019 competition opens for entries on 22 October 2018. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #NaturePhotography #WildlifePhotography #Nature #Wildlife #Tiger #TigersOfInstagram #Endangered #Animals #BigCats #Cat #Bhutan #Conservation #Photography #EmmanuelRondeau #Exhibition #NaturePhotos #PhotoOfTheDay #PhotographyCompetition #PhotographyContest #NaturalHistoryMuseum #London #Museum

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EXCLUSIVE: It’s another new face of #WPY54. Congrats to @tonywu98 on this awe-inspiring portrait! Accentuating his mature appearance with pastel colours, protruding lips and an outstanding pink forehead, this Asian sheepshead wrasse sets out to impress females and see off rivals, which he will head-butt and bite. Tony has long been fascinated by this amazing fish, which you may recognise from #BluePlanet2. Individuals start out as females, and when they reach a certain age and size –up to a metre (more than 3 feet) long –can transform into males. Tony travelled the cool waters off Japan’s remote Sado Island to reveal some of the drama of the wrasses’ lives. Here, he conveys the suitor’s earnest intentions, written large on his face. Image: Looking for love by @tonywu98, USA. Highly commended 2018, Animal Portraits. If you’re in the UK, you may have spotted some of the new #WPY54 images in our exclusive feature in today’s issue of @thestmagazine. More press on the new images will follow next week, so keep an eye out! To book tickets for the exhibition opening at the @natural_history_museum in October, visit the link in our bio. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #TonyWu #Fish #MarineLife #Photography #MarineConservation #Oceans #Wildlife #Underwater #UnderwaterPhotography #NaturePhotography #Nature #WildlifePhotography #NaturePhotos #PhotoOfTheDay #Sea #Ocean #Environment #Photography #Exhibition #NaturalHistoryMuseum #TheSTMagazine

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EXCLUSIVE: We’re excited to share the first image from the 2018 collection and the competition's fifty-fourth year, #WPY54. The exhibition at the @natural_history_museum, London, opens on Friday 19 October and you can book tickets now via the link in our profile. This portrait by South African photographer @isak.pretorius captures the gaze of a magnificent lioness as she drinks from a waterhole in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. With perfect timing, Isak caught her gaze and her tongue, lapping the water, framed by the wall of lush green. Congratulations, Isak! Image: Cool cat by Isak Pretorius, South Africa. Highly commended 2018, Animal Portraits. More images from the 2018 winning collection will be revealed soon, so keep an eye on our channels and in the press. We hope you'll also like our new look and feel for the WPY brand. Designed to celebrate outstanding photography, our new monochromatic look and feel emphasises the incredible imagery awarded in the competition. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #NaturePhotography #WildlifePhotography #Nature #Wildlife #Lion #Lioness #BigCat #CatsOfInstagram #Lions #Animals #Cat #Zambia #AnimalBehaviour #Photography #Exhibition #NaturePhotos #PhotoOfTheDay #NaturalHistoryMuseum #London #Museum

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#WPYalumni Ken Dyball has got to know this caracal well. Living in Kenya's Masai Mara, he was a young male, whose mother appeared to be trying to encourage him to become independent. ‘She would leave him alone for long periods of time,' says Ken, 'presumably hoping he would learn to fend for himself. He slept in a den in the ground during the day, emerging in the evening to wait for her.' Early one morning, as Ken explored the spot where he had last seen the caracal, he heard the thunder of hooves. As a herd of wildebeest galloped past, pursued by hyenas, the terrified young caracal shot out of the grass and up the nearest tree. He did the right thing. 'They stampeded straight over his den,' says Ken. Image: Lookout by Ken Dyball, Australia. Highly commended 2010, Black and white. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #NaturePhotography #WildlifePhotography #Nature #Wildlife #Caracal #Animals #WildCat #Cat #CatsOfInstagram #MasaiMara #Kenya #AnimalBehaviour #BlackAndWhite #BlackAndWhitePhotography #Photography #NaturePhotos #PhotoOfTheDay

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