From a tiger ‘hugging’ a tree to a chewing fox: the most beautiful nature photos of the year

Gorshkov had to wait ten months before he could take this photo. This is the only area in the world where this tiger species still occurs. The Siberian tiger is almost completely extinct. Gorshkov’s dream was to capture the symbol of Siberia on camera.

For the 56th edition, 49,000 photos from 86 countries were submitted. At the launch in 1965 there were 361. These images also won prizes:

Beeld Liina Heikkinen / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Seventeen-year-old Norwegian Liina Heikkinen can call herself a Young Wildlife Photographer. Her photo shows a fox devouring a goose and doesn’t seem to want to share her booty.

Beeld Mogens Trolle / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winner of the animal portraits is this proboscis monkey that seems to meditate with closed eyes. The Dane Mogens Trolle shot it on the Indonesian island of Borneo.

Beeld Shanyuan Li / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The Chinese Shanyan Li stumbled into the high plains of Tibet after hours of patience on this family of pallas cats or manoules. A mother (center) was hunting with her kittens until she saw a hungry fox approaching. She retired and brought the three to safety. Li won the prize in the ‘event’ category.

Beeld Alberto Fantoni / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Two Eleonora’s falcons – so named after a ruler in Sardinia from the 14th century – are doing their thing. The male supplies his breeding female with fresh prey. The falcons prefer to nest on steep cliffs along the Mediterranean Sea when groups of small birds pass by to hibernate in North Africa. Italian Alberto Fantoni won in the ‘Rising Star’ category.

Whether they are professional or amateur photographers, people from all over the world can submit their photos for the prizes. The next round will start in the coming weeks. First, the photos chosen by the jury will be on display at the Natural History Museum in London. They then move to various other locations around the world.

The other winners

‘Life in the balance’.Beeld Jaime Culebras / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
‘Watching you watching them’.Beeld Alex Badyaev / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
‘A tale of two wasps’.Beeld Frank Deschandol / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
‘Out of the blue’.Beeld Gabriel Eisenband / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
‘Perfect balance’.Beeld Andrés Luis Dominguez Blanco / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
‘Backroom business’.Beeld Paul Hilton / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
‘Etna’s river of fire’.Beeld Luciano Gaudenzio / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
‘Show Business’.Beeld Kirsten Luce / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
‘A mean mouthful’.Beeld Sam Sloss / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
‘The last bite’.Beeld Ripan Biswas / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
‘The golden moment’.Beeld Songda Cai / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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