Highlights from the 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the 12 months Awards


For over half a century the Wildlife Photographer of the 12 months competitors has persistently and spectacularly celebrated the pure world. This yr’s crop of winners is not any exception, from Svalbard reindeer going face to face to a daunting cluster of wandering spiders.

Initially based in 1965 as an animal images contest, the Wildlife Photographer of the 12 months competitors is now run by London’s Pure Historical past Museum. In its 57th yr the competitors gathered greater than 50,000 entries from photographers in 95 nations.

Winner – City Wildlife. The Spider Room. Brazilian wandering spider, photographed utilizing compelled perspective. Canon EOS 7D; Canon 14mm f2.8L lens; 1/250 sec at f11; ISO 400; Canon Macro Twin-Lite flash; customized made diffuser.

Gil Wizen, Wildlife Photographer of the 12 months

The competitors spans greater than a dozen various classes together with City Wildlife, Fowl Habits, Mammal Habits and Animal Portraits. Three new classes have been added this yr protecting Pure Artistry, and bigger panorama portraits of Oceans and Wetlands.

The general Grand Prize winner this yr went to a magical shot of camouflage groupers taking pictures out of a cloud of fertilized eggs. Captured by skilled underwater photographer Laurent Ballesta, the shot was the culminations of 5 years of expeditions to a website in French Polynesia.

Grand Prize Winner, Winner - Underwater. Creation. Camouflage groupers. Nikon D5 + 17–35mm f2.8 lens at 17mm 1/200 sec at f11 ISO 1600 Seacam housing Seacam strobes1/200 sec at f11 ISO 1600 Seacam housing Seacam strobes.

Grand Prize Winner, Winner – Underwater. Creation. Camouflage groupers. Nikon D5 + 17–35mm f2.8 lens at 17mm 1/200 sec at f11 ISO 1600 Seacam housing Seacam strobes1/200 sec at f11 ISO 1600 Seacam housing Seacam strobes.

Laurent Ballesta, Wildlife Photographer of the 12 months

“This picture captures the chaos as females launch their eggs and males rush to fertilize them,” explains competitors choose and evolutionary biologist Natiale Cooper. “We liked the sense of motion and peril within the picture. That is such a ravishing and atmospheric picture, and it additionally highlights an occasion that’s changing into rarer in our oceans. These groupers are endangered, as are many different grouper species, primarily because of overfishing.”

Winner - Wetlands, The Bigger Picture. Road to Ruin. DJI Mavic 2 Pro + Hasselblad L1D-20c + 10.3mm f2.8 lens 1/500 sec at f2.8 (+0.3 e/v) ISO 100.

Winner – Wetlands, The Larger Image. Street to Wreck. DJI Mavic 2 Professional + Hasselblad L1D-20c + 10.3mm f2.8 lens 1/500 sec at f2.8 (+0.3 e/v) ISO 100.

Javier Lafuente, Wildlife Photographer of the 12 months

One other spotlight from this yr’s winners is Javier Lafuente’s spectacular drone shot of a wetland sliced in two by a street. Successful the brand new Wetlands – Larger Image class, the shot is an ideal composition for example the sharp confrontation between pure environments and artifical objects.

Winner - Animals in their Environment. Grizzly Leftovers. Nikon D610 + 18–35mm f3.5–4.5 lens at 25mm 1/160 sec at f10 (-1.7 e/v) ISO 1000 two Nikon SB-28 flashes self-made camera-trap system.

Winner – Animals of their Atmosphere. Grizzly Leftovers. Nikon D610 + 18–35mm f3.5–4.5 lens at 25mm 1/160 sec at f10 (-1.7 e/v) ISO 1000 two Nikon SB-28 flashes self-made camera-trap system.

ZACK CLOTHIER, Wildlife Photographer of the 12 months

Within the Animals of their Atmosphere class, this intriguing shot of a cheeky Grizzly bear posing in entrance of a meal took out first prize. Take a look by means of our gallery at extra gorgeous winners from this prestigious annual competitors.

The Wildlife Photographer of the 12 months competitors is developed and produced by the Pure Historical past Museum, London. The highest 100 pictures will be at the moment seen in particular person within the London museum, with the exhibition touring internationally over the approaching months.

Supply: NHM



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