The Natural History Museum hosts the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition every year which sees people from around the world submit their incredible photographs. From beauty to delicacy, these photos show animals in the wild in a whole new light. This year, Neema Sarkhani claimed the People’s Choice Award for Wildlife Photographer of the Year for her picture ‘Ice Bed’ – a polar bear sleeping on ice. The competition also has other categories in which people including two photographers from India won with their well-composed photographs of wild animals. While one of them captured an image of fireflies, the other won with a picture of a tapir.
This photo by Sriram Murali of India won first place in the Behavior: Invertebrates category. Captured at the Anamalai Tiger Reserve, the picture shows a “night sky and forest lit up by fire”.
The face of the forest
Announcing his win, photographer Vishnu Gopal wrote on Instagram, “I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I have been awarded the most prestigious NHM Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award-2023 in the Animal Portraits category.” His award-winning picture shows a tapir in a dimly lit rainforest.
Here are five more award-winning pictures from the competition.
1. Life on the Edge
This image, captured by photographer Amit Eshel, won first place in his Environment category in Animals. It shows a dramatic clash between two Nubian ibex.
2. Tadpole banquet
“Juan Jesus González Ahumada saw toad tadpoles feasting on a dead sparrow that had fallen into a pond near his home.” reads a post shared on the official Instagram page dedicated to the competition. Named Tadpole Banquet, this image won under the Behavior: Amphibians and Reptiles category.
3. Silence for the snake show
This image by photographer Hadrian Lalagu captures an “unexpected encounter between a group of gray-winged trumpeters and a boa”. The photographer, in an Instagram post, revealed that the award-winning image was part of a series of 71 images that he compiled into a timelapse video.
4. Golden Horseshoe
French photographer Laurent Ballesta won the portfolio award under the category. His picture depicts a dynamic horseshoe crab moving slowly across the mud in search of food.
5. Hippo Nursery
Captured by Mike Korostelev, this image won the award in the underwater category. He captured this image of hippos swimming underwater using a drone.
Which of these images do you like best? Did these award-winning pictures of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2023 amaze you?
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