Selection of Finalists for Bird Photographer of the Year 2021


Brian Matthews

These are a selection of the finalists of the prestigious Bird Photographer of the Year 2021 Photo Competition. With species from around the world, the shortlist offers a stunning look at birdlife across the planet. Highlights range from a face-off between a white-tailed sea eagle and fox in Japan, to a nuthatch landing in a garden in Solihull, UK. Continue reading »

Russian Photographer Takes Portraits With Real Animals And People Say Her Works Look Like They’re Straight From A Fairy Tale

These pictures are what dreams and fairytales are made of—Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova (previously) creates beautiful portraits that balance between the real and surreal. While she nails lighting, composition, and other important aspects of the craft, arguably the most impressive feature of Plotnikova’s work is her feature of animals that we aren’t used to seeing in fine-art photography. Like a bear. Or a moose. Continue reading »

Hyper-Realistic Animal Pencil Drawings By Helen Violet

As much as it’s hard to believe, these incredibly detailed realistic pet portraits are not photographs but in fact hand-drawn pencil drawings. Continue reading »

Italian Artist Roberto Rizzo Turns Rocks Into Incredible Animal Paintings

Inspired by nature and animals and “driven by emotions and curiosity,” Italian artist Roberto Rizzo, who is now based in southern Spain, paints extremely detailed animal portraits on an unusual canvas—rocks. Continue reading »

No Necks! There’s an Instagram Account That Posts Animals Without Necks.

There are loads of weird stuff going on on Instagram. This time let’s take a look what animals would look like without necks! Continue reading »

Choose The People’s Choice Award For Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Choose the People’s choice award for Wildlife Photography of the Year. Browse the 25 photographs featured below and vote for the one you think should win this year’s People’s Choice Award.

More than 49,000 images are entered into Wildlife Photographer of the Year every year, but our panel of judges can only award 100 winners. Each year the Natural History Museum chooses an additional 25 of the best images from the latest competition shortlist. We then ask the public to help us select the recipient of the People’s Choice Award.

The winner will be announced on 10 February 2021.

Hare ball by Andy Parkinson

Andy spent five weeks watching the mountain hares near Tomatin in the Scottish Highlands, waiting patiently for any movement – a stretch, a yawn or a shake – which typically came every 30 to 45 minutes. Continue reading »

The Animal Issue: Vogue Italia Presents an Issue Dedicated to The Beauty of The Animal World

According to Emanuele Farneti, the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue: “Like this time last year, we have decided to dedicate the January issue to the environment, once again coinciding with the publication of the charter of values signed by the editors-in-chief of Vogue from all over the world.” Continue reading »

This Artist Creates Mesmerizing Mugs With Tiny Animals ‘Living’ In Them, And Her Instagram Followers Love It

Cups and mugs are some of the best things you can ever get as a gift for someone: it doesn’t require a huge investment, whether financially or emotionally, it’s both beautiful and practical, and, most importantly, it shows that you care. Continue reading »

Artist Creates Whimsical Illustrations Where Animals Become Puns

Illustrator and concept artist Piper Thibodeau has been creating what she calls a “daily painting” every day since November 2012. With this series, Thibodeau is going for the whimsical: friendly-looking creatures and puns, and the illustrations are as surprising as they’re cute! Continue reading »

Artist Draws a Series of Innocent Illustrations Of Cute Animals In Japanese Scenarios

According to an artist: “After 12 years of experience drawing realism with graphite pencils, I decided to create this colorful project named Meronpan. I use diverse techniques to illustrate animals and pets, most of them in Japanese scenarios. Continue reading »

Malaysian Artist Draws The Cutest Animals, Imagines Them Living In Our World

Malaysian artist Yee Chong draws the most adorable little digital creatures and brings them to life by inserting them into our real world. Continue reading »

Artist Barbara Franc Creates Gorgeous Animal Sculptures

Animals are a magnificent force of nature, guided by instinct and intelligence. With all the beauty and variety they offer, it’s no surprise that the animal kingdom has been a long-standing source of inspiration for all kinds of artists, from story-tellers to sculptors. Barbara Franc is one such sculptor. Continue reading »

Spectacular Winning Images from The Wildlife Photographer of The Year 2020

Photographer Sergey Gorshkov’s picture wins the Wildlife Photographer of the Year grand title with an ethereal image of a Siberian tiger scent-marking a gnarled fir tree in the Russian Far East.

The picture, titled The Embrace, shows the intimate moment an endangered Siberian tiger hugs an ancient Manchurian fir tree to mark it with her scent. It took Russian photographer Sergey Gorshkov over 11 months to capture using motion sensor cameras. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge announced the image as the grand title winner in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which received over 49,000 entries.

Winner – Animals in their Environment and Garand Title Winner: The embrace by Sergey Gorshkov, Russia Winner 2020

With an expression of sheer ecstasy, a tigress hugs an ancient Manchurian fir, rubbing her cheek against bark to leave secretions from her scent glands. She is an Amur, or Siberian, tiger, here in the Land of the Leopard National Park. Gorshkov installed his first proper camera trap in January 2019, opposite this grand fir. But it was not until November that he achieved the picture he had planned for, of a magnificent tigress in her Siberian forest environment. (Sergey Gorshkov/Wildlife Photographer of the Year) Continue reading »

French Artist Bruno Pontiroli Twists the World Around Him in His Paintings

Some artists have a knack for turning our world upside down with a stroke of a brush. Bruno Pontiroli is one of those artists. Bruno is a French contemporary artist that specializes in a specific kind of surrealism. He creates oil paintings and prints of contorted, distorted animals. Continue reading »

The Finalists of The 2020 Comedy Pet Photography Awards Have Been Announced, and They’re Pretty Damn Funny!

This competition is calling on all pet owners or animal lovers to submit images of funny furry (or not so furry) friends for a chance of winning £3,000 ($3,600) and being named the 2020 Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photographer of the Year. Supported by Mars Petcare, the competition is raising money for UK pet charity Blue Cross to assist it in its mission of finding happy homes for abandoned or unwanted pets. Featured below are 2020 finalists. Continue reading »

The Best Animal Images Of The Decade From The British Wildlife Photography Awards

‘Balancing Act (Little Owl)’, By Ian Watson, 2017

As the British Wildlife Photography Awards is celebrating its 10th anniversary, a retrospective traveling outdoor exhibition has been set up. For the first time, the exhibition will feature all the overall winners, selected category winners, and highly commended images. Continue reading »

Gaze Into the Eyes of Animals Through Stunning Macro Shots

Dog

Armenian photographer Suren Manvelyan (previously) decided to explore in his ongoing macro photography series of stunning animal eye portraits. In order to capture animals from an amplified and personal perspective, the photographer gets up close and personal with the most unexpected, cute, and often dangerous animals, such as crocodiles, hippos, and chinchillas. Continue reading »

The Majesty Of The Animal Kingdom in Amazing Photographs by Simen Johan

Simen Johan’s nature photography is majestic and enchanting, and right now it’s helping me to remember the beauty and magic of Mother Nature. Black Men are being hunted down like prey in the streets of America by racist police, but the way humans have set up this system doesn’t reflect the natural world we all come from. While looking at these photos, I’m daydreaming about a world without racism of any kind, where human unity reigns supreme! Continue reading »

Whenever This Woman Comes Across A Dead Animal, She Creates A Beautiful Memorial For It And Here Are Most Mesmerizing Ones

Amanda Stronza is an anthropologist, professor, and photographer, passionate about wildlife and the people who live closest to wild animals all over the world. If you visit her Instagram profile, you’re gonna find hundreds of breathtaking pictures capturing the incredible lives of all kinds of wild animals. However, you’re gonna notice that some of the photos are a bit different. Continue reading »

This Instagram Account Cleverly Photoshops Animals Into Everyday Things

Instagram account ‘Animals In Things’ is exactly what it sounds like: it’s a glorious page full of photos of animals seamlessly combined with food and everyday items. Scroll down to see the best examples! Continue reading »

Hilarious Finalists of Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020

The annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards highlight the funniest photos of animals taken in the wild. Keen-eyed photographers from around the world capture moments where animals seem to be experiencing very human emotions or dilemmas.

This expert photobomb is a finalist in the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

Brigitte Alcalay Marcon/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

Founders Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks started the contest to raise awareness about wildlife conservation. They hope the pictures encourage people to shop responsibly, be mindful of their water use, and speak out about environmental issues … in addition to making people laugh. Continue reading »

If We Drew Modern Animals The Way We Draw Dinosaurs, Based On Bones Alone

Baboon

When we see illustrations of dinosaurs done by Paleoartists in books the skeletal reconstructions are what many artists depend on when trying to draw dinosaurs.

But what happens when you try to apply that to modern day animals? Continue reading »

Photographer Turns Her Garden Into a Tiny Cafe; Shoots the Cutest Photos of Animal Visitors

It’s not an ordinary café as no human can get inside, sit down and order a drink. It was made by photographer Kristen Flagg in her own backyard, and its visitors are chipmunks, squirrels, and birds. Kristen doesn’t only serve them fruit, seeds, and nuts, but she also takes photos of her cute little customers. Continue reading »

Spectacular Winning Photos from The Wildlife Photographer of The Year 2020

The fifty-sixth Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will immerse you in the breathtaking diversity of the natural world.

Explore some of the world’s richest habitats, see fascinating animal behaviour and get to know some extraordinary species. Go deeper and discover the surprising – and often challenging – stories behind the images during a time of environmental crisis. Each image has been selected by a panel of international experts and showcases some of the best wildlife photography in the world.

Wildlife photojournalism, single image category: Amazon burning by Charlie Hamilton James, UK

A fire burns out of control in Maranhão state, north-eastern Brazil. A single tree remains standing – ‘a monument to human stupidity’, says Charlie, who has been covering deforestation in the Amazon for the past decade. Photograph: Charlie Hamilton/2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Continue reading »

‘80s Style Double Exposure Portraits Of Pets With Their Owners By Danielle Spires

Among all the photos of pets and selfies with them flooding the internet, we present you the only timeless portrait you’ll ever need.

Los Angeles pet photographer Danielle Spires has developed her unique style by using stylized backdrops full of kitsch in her photo studio that result in oddly hilarious and quirky portraits of owners with their beloved pets—creative pics that our furry and not-so-furry friends deserve. But her signature photos definitely are 1980‘s-inspired double exposure portraits of pets with their owners. Continue reading »