The largest wildlife photography competition in the world returns with a fresh batch of striking images exploring animals, habitats, and the natural world.
With 50,000 entries from 95 countries, this year’s exemplary photographers explore a wide range of wildlife imagery, from terrifying insects to meditative primates.
The coveted prize of Wildlife Photographer of the Year this year has been awarded to underwater photographer and biologist Laurent Ballesta for his enigmatic image Creation, that captures camouflage exiting their milky cloud of eggs and sperm in Fakarava, French Polynesia. For five years Laurent and his team went diving in this lagoon, joined by hundreds of grey shark reefs. His image and experiences in capturing it nod to the threat of overfishing, putting vulnerable species at risk – in this lagoon however the fish are protected with a special biosphere reserve.
Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year was awarded to 10-year-old Vidyun R Hebbar for, Dome Home picturing a tent spider. Vidyun loves to photograph unusual creatures in his home, Bengaluru in India.
Other incredible images include Zack Clothier’s photogenic bear in Grizzly leftovers, Majed Ali’s gorilla in the rain in Reflection and Gil Wizen skin-crawling The spider room.