Wednesday, October 17

Wildlife Photographer of the Year.


'The Golden Couple' by Marsel van Oosten from The Netherlands is the 2018 winner of Animal Portraits, which is part of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The image shows two golden snub-nosed monkeys in their last surviving forest habitat in the Qinling Mountains of central China. It beat over 45,000 entries from 95 countries to win.  Roz Kidman Cox, Chair of the judging panel, said: 'This image is in one sense traditional - a portrait. But what a striking one, and what magical animals. It is a symbolic reminder of the beauty of nature and how impoverished we are becoming as nature is diminished. It is an artwork worthy of hanging in any gallery in the world''Lounging Leopard' by Skye Meaker from South Africa, which is the 2018 winner of 15-17 Years Old category.  The photograph is an absorbing portrait of an 8-year-old leopard who has just woken up at Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana. Competition judge and previous competition winner, Alexander Badyaev, said: 'With precisely executed timing and composition, we get a coveted glimpse into the inner world of one of the most frequently photographed, yet rarely truly seen, animals''Hellbent' by American Photographer David Herasimtschuk, which is the 2018 winner in the category Behaviour: Amphibians and Reptiles, which is part of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. It shows a northern water snake clamped in the jaws of a hungry hellbender in Tennessee's Tellico River. 'It looked as though the hellbender had a firm grip and the snake was tiring,' said David, 'but then the snake squeezed its powerful body against the hellbender's head''Kuhirwa mourns her baby' by Ricardo Nunez Montero of Spain, which is the 2018 winner of the Behaviour: Mammals category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Kuhirwa, a young female member of the Nkuringo mountain gorilla family in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, is not holding a bundle of roots but the tiny corpse of her baby. Kuhirwa's baby  probably died of cold as she gave birth during the bad weather season'Signature Tree' by Mexican photographer Alejandro Prieto, which is the 2018 winner of the Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Story. The photograph shows a male jaguar sharpening his claws by scratching his signature into a tree on the edge of his mountain territory in the Sierra de Vallejo Nayarit, western Mexico. Alejandro set up his custom-built camera trap some six meters (20 feet) up the tree and returned every month to change the batteries. Eight months elapsed before he was able to capture this perfect shot'Pipe owls' by Arshdeep Singh of India, which is the 2018 winner for 10 Years and Under - part of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. It shows two owlets hiding in the opening of a waste-pipe just outside the city of Kapurthala in the Indian state of Punjab.  Arshdeep, who has photographed birds since he was 6, borrowed his father’s camera and telephoto lens. The smaller bird was less than 20 centimeters (8 inches) high'Windsweep' by Orlando Fernandez Miranda of Spain, which is the 2018 winner of Earth's Environments - part of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition'Mud-rolling mud-dauber' by Georgina Steytler from Australia, which is the 2018 winner of the Behaviour: Invertebrates category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. It was taken at the waterhole at Walyormouring Nature Reserve in Western Australia, and shows female mud-dauber wasps digging for mud and then rolling it into perfect tiny balls to create egg chambers for their nests. It took Georgina hundreds of attempts to get the ideal shot'Bed of seals' by Cristobal Serrano of Spain, which is the 2018 winner for the Animals in their Environment category. Although they may look as small as fish from this aerial angle, the photograph shows crabeater seals sharing  an ice floe in the Errera Channel at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula'Dream duel' by Michel d'Oultremont from Belgium, which is the 2018 winner of Rising Star Portfolio Award, part of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. From a portfolio of six images, this was captured in the Ardennes forest in Belgium while the photographer hid behind a tree with a camouflage net.  It shows two red deer stags clashing antlers in a fight over females'Night flight' by Michael Patrick O'Neill of the USA, the 2018 winner in the Under Water category which is part of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition


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