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10 of the Best Wildlife Photos of 2016

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The prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest announced its winners today at the Natural History Museum in London. American photographer Tim Laman was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 for his photo titled “Entwined Lives” (shown above), showing the critically endangered Bornean orangutan above the Indonesian rainforest.

Laman’s photo was selected from nearly 50,000 entries submitted by photographers from 95 countries. To capture the shot, Laman spent 3 days rope-climbing a 30-meter-tall (~98 feet) tree to place a number of remotely triggered GoPro cameras. One of these cameras captured the winning photo of the extremely rare orangutan climbing up the tree, high above the forest below.

16-year-old photographer Gideon Knight of the UK was named Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 for his photo “The Moon and the Crow.”

Gideon Knight / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Gideon Knight / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Here are some of the other category winners in this year’s competition:

"Snapper Party." Winner of Underwater. Tony Wu / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
“Snapper Party.” Winner of Underwater. Tony Wu / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
"Wind Composition." Winner of Plants and Fungi. Valter Binotto / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
“Wind Composition.” Winner of Plants and Fungi. Valter Binotto / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
"The Sand Canvas." Winner of Details. Rudi Sebastian / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
“The Sand Canvas.” Winner of Details. Rudi Sebastian / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
"The Alley Cat." Winner of Urban. Nayan Khanolkar / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
“The Alley Cat.” Winner of Urban. Nayan Khanolkar / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
"Requiem for an Owl." Winner of Black and White. Mats Andersson / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
“Requiem for an Owl.” Winner of Black and White. Mats Andersson / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
"Eviction Attempt." Winner of Birds. Ganesh H Shankar / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
“Eviction Attempt.” Winner of Birds. Ganesh H Shankar / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
"The Pangolin Pit." Winner of Single Image. Paul Hilton / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
“The Pangolin Pit.” Winner of Single Image. Paul Hilton / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
"Star Player." Winner of Impressions. Luis Javier Sandoval / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
“Star Player.” Winner of Impressions. Luis Javier Sandoval / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London. 100 selected photos from this year’s competition will be on display at the Natural History Museum in the 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. It opens at the museum on October 21st, 2016, before touring the world in various countries.


Image credits: Header photo by Tim Laman / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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