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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards Highlight Rare Animals


Selected from over 49,000 entries globally, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition sees some of the most spectacular images of animals in their natural habitat. This year’s winner, Sergey Gorshkov, took the top honors with his image of a Siberian tigress hugging an ancient Manchurian fir tree.

Now in its 56th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year is London’s Natural History Museum’s showcase for the world’s best nature photography and is open to photographers of all ages. There are multiple categories ranging from age to specific subjects. The competition is title-sponsored by renewable energy company Ørsted and Leica.

Below is Gorshkov’s Grand Title winning image as well as Liina Heikkinen’s Young Grand Title winning image of a fox:

The embrace by Sergey Gorshkov, Russia
Winner 2020, Animals in their Environment, GRAND TITLE WINNER
Nikon Z-7 + 50mm f1.8 lens; 1/200 sec at f6.3; ISO 250
The fox that got the goose by Liina Heikkinen, Finland
Winner 2020, 15-17 years old, YOUNG GRAND TITLE WINNER
Nikon D4 + 28–300mm f3.5–5.6 lens; 1/125 sec at f5.6 (-0.3 e/v); ISO 1600

These two Grand Title winners were selected from 100 images that spotlighted the world’s flourishing natural habitats and the rare and exciting creatures that inhabit them. The London Natural History Museum says that the selection is a “rigorous process” that involves viewing images from all skill levels and are judged anonymously by a panel of experts based on a photo’s innovation, narrative, and technical ability.

Below are the other winners from the other categories:

The golden moment by Songda Cai, China
Winner 2020, Under Water
Nikon D850 + 60mm f2.8 lens; 1/200 sec at f20; ISO 500
When mother says run by Shanyuan Li, China
Winner 2020, Behaviour: Mammals
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II + 800mm f5.6 lens; 1/1250 sec at f11; ISO 640
A mean mouthful by Sam Sloss, Italy/USA
Winner 2020, 11-14 years old
Nikon D300 + 105mm f2.8 lens; 1/250 sec at f18; ISO 200
The last bite by Ripan Biswas, India
Winner 2020, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio Award
Nikon D5200 + Tamron 90mm f2.8 lens; 1/160 sec at f8; ISO 160
Backroom business by Paul Hilton, UK/Australia
Winner 2020, Wildlife Photojournalist Story Award
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II + 16–35mm lens at 16mm; 1/10 sec at f3.2
The pose by Mogens Trolle, Denmark
Winner 2020, Animal Portraits
Canon EOS-1D X + 500mm f4 lens; 1/1000 sec at f7.1; ISO 1250
Etna’s river of fire by Luciano Gaudenzio, Italy
Winner 2020, Earth’s Environments
Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 24mm f3.5 lens; 1 sec at f16; ISO 320
Show Business by Kirsten Luce, USA
Winner 2020, Wildlife Photojournalism: Single Image
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + 70–200mm f2.8 lens; 1/500 sec at f4; ISO 2000
Great crested sunrise by Jose Luis Ruiz Jiménez, Spain
Winner 2020, Behaviour: Birds
Nikon D4S + 600mm f4 lens + 1.4x teleconverter; 1/800 sec at f6.3; ISO 500
Life in the balance by Jaime Culebras, Spain
Winner 2020, Behaviour: Amphibians and Reptiles
Sony ILCE-7M3 + 90mm f2.8 lens; 1/100 sec at f16; ISO 320
Out of the blue by Gabriel Eisenband, Colombia
Winner 2020, Plants and Fungi
Nikon D300s + Nikon 10–24mm f3.5 lens at 11mm; 30 sec at f22; ISO 200.
A tale of two wasps by Frank Deschandol, France
Winner 2020, Behaviour: Invertebrates
Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 100mm f2.8 lens + close-up 250D lens + reverse-mounted lens; 5 sec at f13; ISO 160
Perfect balance by Andrés Luis Dominguez Blanco, Spain
Winner 2020, 10 years and under
Fujifilm X-H1 + XF 100–400mm f4.5–5.6 lens; 1/50 sec at f5.6; ISO 800
Watching you watching them by Alex Badyaev, Russia/USA
Winner 2020, Urban Wildlife
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + 17mm f4 lens; 1/40 sec at f22; ISO 1600
Eleonora’s gift by Alberto Fantoni, Italy
Winner 2020, Rising Star Portfolio
Canon EOS 7D Mark II + 500mm f4.5 lens; 1/2000 sec at f7.1 (+1 e/v); ISO 800

The brand-new images will be showcased in exquisite lightbox displays at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum, opening on 16 October 2020, before touring across the UK and internationally to venues in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, and more. Limited visitor numbers and the Museum’s safety measures will ensure visitors enjoy a safe and welcoming experience, contemplating the images in a crowd-free gallery.

Open to photographers of all ages, nationalities, and abilities, the next Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition opens for entries on October 19, 2020. Important new categories focussing on people’s impact on the planet and the new jury have been announced.