Across 50,000 submissions were submitted for the 57th edition of the ‘Wildlife Photographer Of The Year’ competition from 95 nations around the globe. Further, the Natural History Museum hosts this competition every year, which honors the finest images from a broad range of photographic genres, including wildlife from land, sea, and air.
Laurent Ballesta, a French underwater photographer and scientist, won the top award this year for his beautiful image “Creation,” which depicted camouflage groupers emerging from their milky clouds of eggs and sperms in Fakarava, French Polynesia. Indeed, Scroll down to view this perplexing image and several other winning pictures in different categories and a few highly appreciated remarks.
#1. Category Winner. Photojournalist Story Award: ‘Flying Rescue’ By Brent Stirton
“Anthony, a pilot from the Virunga National Park, transports two orphaned chimps to safety at the rehabilitation center. Following a tip from the community, the infants were rescued from human traffickers. Even though baby chimpanzees have minimal meat value, they are often sold as pets or for animal exhibitions. They are unlikely to survive without specialized care at this point and will need formula milk and frequent balanced meals.”
#2. Category Winner. Behavior: Mammals: ‘Head To Head’ Bystefano Unterthiner
#3. Category Winner. Rising Star Portfolio Award: ‘Family At Ease’ By Martin Gregus
“Polar bear cubs are born during the winter and may nurse for up to two years. The bears became used to Martin’s boat-based camp and stayed close by. Martin got out of the boat and moved closer, assuming the mother and cubs were unconcerned about his presence. He got close enough to hear the cubs suckling and purring while keeping a respectful distance, ‘an amazing sound, like tiny helicopters buzzing around.’
#4. Category Winner. Animal Portraits: ‘Reflection’ By Majed Ali
“Majed traveled for four hours to meet Kibande, a mountain gorilla who is nearly 40 years old. As well as, ‘The higher we went, the hotter and more humid it became,’ Majed remembers. Kibande stayed out in the open when the rain started to pour, as though he was enjoying the shower. Indeed, Mountain gorillas are a subspecies of the eastern gorilla that may be found in two isolated populations at above 1,400 meters: the Virunga mountains and Bwindi. Habitat loss, illness, poaching, and habitat disturbance caused by human activities have all put these gorillas in jeopardy.”
#5. Category Winner. Behavior: Birds: ‘The Intimate Touch’ By Shane Kalyn
“It was the middle of winter, the beginning of the raven mating season. Shane laid on the icy ground, capturing the detail of the ravens’ iridescent plumage against the contrasting snow to show this intimate moment when their broad black bills came together with the help of the subdued light. As well as, Ravens are said to mate for life. To enhance their connection or ‘pair bond,’ this couple exchanged presents of moss, twigs, and tiny stones, as well as preened and serenaded one other with gentle warbling noises.”
#6. Category Winner. 15-17 Years: ‘High-Flying Jay’ By Lasse Kurkela
“Amid his picture of the Siberian jay, Lasse sought to convey a feeling of size in the old-growth spruce-dominated forest. Especially He used cheese to acclimate the jays to his remote-controlled camera and urge them to follow a certain flight route. Siberian jays store their food in ancient trees. Food such as seeds, berries, tiny rodents, and insects are glued high up in the cracks and crevices of the bark and amid hanging lichens by their sticky saliva.”
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