Just a few month ago we found out who the best Wildlife Photographer of the year 2019 was and promptly congratulated Yongqing Bao with a well-deserved win. His winning photograph titled “The Moment” showcases a a young fox and a marmot in a moment of life and death. The hungry mother fox baring its teeth, the shock on the marmot’s face who just woke up from hibernation proved to be the perfect snap that won the recognition of the jury.
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This time, the deciding factor is people and their votes. Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest just announced the 25 finalists of its LUMIX People’s Choice Award and you can vote for the best photograph. The Natural History Museum has handpicked a selection of photographs from all over the world that didn’t make it to the finals of the first competition and gave you the power to decide which one deserves the title of fan favorite.
The voting deadline is on Tuesday 4 February 2020, so you have plenty of time to think hard and decide. In the meanwhile, let’s take a look at the stunning photographs showcasing different aspects of wildlife. From predators hunting prey to animals in captivity the images are a good reflection of the many aspects of our nature.
Turns out, this year’s competition is 55th! “The competition attracts over 48,000 Wildlife entries from 100 countries, highlighting its enduring appeal,” they said.
#1 “Station Squabble”, Sam Rowley, UK
#2 “Winter’s Tale”, Valeriy Maleev, Russia
The winners of the main competition (both the grand title as well as category winners) win a cash prize, however the LUMIX People’s Choice winner does not receive a monetary price. Even then, the media coverage and exposure from such an established contest is enough to attract thousands of entries!
#3 “Mother Knows Best”, Marion Vollborn, Germany
#4 “The Surrogate Mother”, Martin Buzora, Canada
The Museum spokesperson expressed that it’s quite a difficult task for the jury to pick the finalists, let alone winners. “The category winners and 100 images shown in the exhibition at the Natural History Museum capture the breath-taking beauty of the world’s flora and fauna, but of course it’s a very difficult task for the judges to select them from so many amazing pictures!” they exclaimed.
#5 “Inquisitive”, Audun Rikardsen, Norway
#6 “Tender Play”, Steve Levi, USA
“With the natural world facing the increasing pressure of human impact, climate change, biodiversity loss and habitat loss, an increasing number of entries reflect this,” the spokesperson replied when asked about themes that stand out in the photographs. It is the photojournalism category that reflects that the most “as this category explores the effects of human impact and our complex relationship with wildlife”. “The competition isn’t just about aesthetically beautiful photography – the winning images should depict nature in a way that reveals its truths,” the spokesperson explained.
#7 “Trustful”, Ingo Arndt, Germany
#8 “What A Poser”, Clement Mwangi, Kenya
#9 “The Unwelcome Visitor”, Salvador Colvée Nebot, Spain
#10 “Training Session”, Stefan Christmann, Germany
#11 “Matching Outfits”, Michel Zoghzoghi, Lebanon
#12 “Teamwork”, Jake Davis, USA
#13 “A Suitable Gift”, Marco Valentini, Italy
#14 “Family Get-Together”, Michael Schober, Austria
#15 “Dressed For Dawn”, Csaba Tökölyi, Hungary
#16 “Beak To Beak”, Claudio Contreras Koob, Mexico
#17 “Spot The Reindeer”, Francis De Andres, Spain
#18 “The Humpback Calf”, Wayne Osborn, Australia
#19 “Big Ears”, Valeriy Maleev, Russia
#20 “Ocean´s Signature”, Angel Fitor, Spain
#21 “Bon Appétit”, Lucas Bustamante, Ecuador
#22 “Captive”, Marcus Westberg, Sweden
#23 “A Pulsing Sea”, David Doubilet, USA
#24 “Meeting Place”, Yaz Loukhal, France
#25 “Losing The Fight”, Aaron Gekoski, UK