Wildlife: we’re fascinated by it.
We spend our evenings watching David Attenborough narrate *insert word here* Planet or Planet *insert word here*, we adopt animals such as penguins which we will never actually meet (my mum’s mate Louise has literally “adopted” a whole zoo of animals) and we wear safari prints in abundance (Kat Slater is the mode).
Which is all a bit weird when you think about it as we, as humans, are much further away from the natural world than ever before. But you know what they say: ‘distance makes the heart grow fonder’.
Something that really pumps blood through our veins and brings a smile to our face is wildlife photography, which is arguably the hardest type of photography to master. It’s the unpredictability of the animal kingdom that makes it so special as no two pictures are ever the same.
Considering all of this, we’ve got some very exciting news for you. Down below we have a selection of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners; and, the even better news is, if you enjoy this, you can check out all of the 100 winning photographs at the Natural History Museum. The exhibition will run from 18th October 2019 to 31st May 2020 and is the ideal excuse to visit one of the most impressive buildings in London.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019: Overall winner, and behaviour – mammals joint winner
The Moment by Yongqing Bao from China
Location: Qinghai-Tibet plateau, Qilian Mountains, China.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019: Mammals behaviour joint winner
The Equal Match by Ingo Arndt, Germany
Location: Torres del Paine region, Patagonia, Chile
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019: 15-17 years category winner
Early Riser by Riccardo Marchegiani from Italy
Location: Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains National Park
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019: Urban wildlife winner
The Rat Pack by Charlie Hamilton James, UK
Location: Pearl Street, Manhattan, New York
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019: portfolio award winner
The Huddle by Stefan Christmann from Germany
Location: Akta Bay, Antartica
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019: Rising star portfolio award winner
Frozen Moment by Jérémie Villet from France
Location: Yukon, Canada
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019: Animals in their environment winner
Snow-Plateau Nomads by Shangzhen Fan, China
Location: Altun Shan, China
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019: Animal portraits winner
Face of Deception by Ripan Biswas from India
Location: Buxa Tiger Reserve, India
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019: Young wildlife photographer of the year and 11-14 years winner
Night Glow by Cruz Erdmann
Location: Lembeh Strait off North Sulwesi, Indonesia