Probably most of us have heard of the saying ‘Hakuna Matata’, which means ‘no worries’ in Swahili. The famous phrase was popularized by the Disney animated movie ‘The Lion King’ and inspired Paris-based photographer Thomas Subtil to create a lighthearted series about life without a care in the world. Continue reading »
Dutch wildlife photographer Roeselien Raimond has been bringing joy and warmth to people with her fairytale-like photographs of wild foxes for over 8 years. Looking at her gallery of foxes provides a truly captivating and calming experience, as Roeselien brings these gorgeous creatures to life with her exceptional ability to capture their spirit. Continue reading »
Urban wildlife winner: Magpie in the Snow (Magpie), Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow. (Photo by Christopher Swan/British Wildlife Photography Awards) Continue reading »
The winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition are revealed at a ceremony at the Natural History Museum, London, which runs the international competition.
Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten has won the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 title for his extraordinary image, The Golden Couple, which frames a pair of golden snub-nosed monkeys in the temperate forest of China’s Qinling Mountains, the only habitat for these endangered primates. The winning portrait captures the beauty and fragility of life on earth, and a glimpse of some of the extraordinary, yet relatable beings we share our planet with.
The golden couple by Marsel van Oosten, The Netherlands — grand title winner, Animal portraits. A male Qinling golden snub-nosed monkey rests on a stone, joined by a female from his group. Both are watching an altercation down the valley between the lead males of two other groups in the 50-strong troop. It’s spring in the temperate forest of China’s Qinling mountains, the only place where these endangered monkeys live. To show both a male’s beautiful pelage and striking blue face, Marsel had to shoot at an angle from the back. It took many days observing the group to achieve his goal. (Photo by Marsel van Oosten/2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year) Continue reading »
Arguably, nothing is as funny as animals pretending to be human – your dog talking to you or your cat smiling at you. Then, there is the human tendency to anthropomorphize the behavior of animals, which can produce really hilarious moments to be captured by lucky, on-the-spot photographers.
Birds having a martial dispute. Dancing deer. A polar bear photographer. All are among the comic scenes that made it to the list of 41 finalists selected among thousands submitted this year to the Comedy Wildlife Photographer Awards 2018. The winners will be announced on November 15. Here: A lion and lioness together. (Photo by Maureen Toft/Barcroft Images/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards) Continue reading »
Leopard seal, Anvers Island, Antarctica, 2006. (Photo by Paul Nicklen/National Geographic) Continue reading »
Glass-house guard by Wayne Jones, Australia. Highly commended, Underwater. “On the sandy seabed off the coast of Mabini in the Philippines, a yellow pygmy goby guards its home – a discarded glass bottle. It is one of a pair, each no more than 4 centimetres (one and a half inches) long, that have chosen a bottle as a perfect temporary home. The female will lay several batches of eggs, while the male performs guard duty at the entrance”. (Photo by Wayne Jones/2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year) Continue reading »
These are the most memorable underwater images from the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. They have been specially selected for this unique book from the hundred of thousands of images received over the last 50 years. The collection gives us a glimpse into an often unseen world containing many strange and beguiling creatures. Each image is accompanied by a story from the photographer, explaining what the image means to them and how they were able to capture it. This portfolio reveals a spectacular panoply of life, which is as diverse and colourful as anything found on land.
Big blue mouthful by Doc White. “This picture was the first ever to show, full frame, a blue whale with its throat pouch expanded, the pleats forced open by the engulfment of a gargantuan amount of water and shrimp-like krill. Having lunged through the krill swarm, the whale is expelling the water, forcing it through the massive sheets of hair-like baleen material, which hang from its mouth. To find large enough aggregations of krill, a blue whale is forced to travel great distances. But when a large swarm is located, the lunge-feeding technique is highly energy-efficient”. (Photo by Doc White/Unforgettable Underwater Photography/NHM) Continue reading »
Here are the winning photos of the Comedy Wildlife 2017, this contest rewarding the most funny and offbeat animal photos! After the finalists announced a few weeks ago, here are the big winners of the world’s most crazy photo contest, selected from thousands of photos.
OVERALL WINNER 2017 “Help” by Tibor Kercz. © Tibor Kercz/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards. WINNER of Amazing Internet Portfolio prize for his sequence of 4 Owl images. Continue reading »
“In winter, pied wagtails roost communally in urban areas, both for protection and for the additional warmth given off by buildings and lights. This extra degree or two can make the difference in harsh weather. Here, a single individual out of hundreds is silhouetted by the lights of Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport”. (Photo by Daniel Trim/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2017) Continue reading »
Prepare yourself for some rib-tickling laughter because the Comedy Wildlife Awards has announced its finalists. Founded by Tanzania-based photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam, the aim of the awards is to put a spotlight on wildlife conservation efforts while simultaneously injecting some humour into the world of wildlife photography.
A wild rabbit seen collecting nesting material in Belgium Flanders, Bredene, Belgium. (Photo by Olivier Colle/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards) Continue reading »
In a new project, an international group of photographers have joined forces to use their powerful images to raise awareness and funds to help stop the illegal wildlife trade.
Fennec foxes are captured for the illegal pet trade. This three-month-old pup was for sale in a market in southern Tunisia. (Photo by Bruno D’Amicis/Photographers Against Wildlife Crime/Wildscreen/The Guardian) Continue reading »
Deep snow had blanketed the Lamar valley in Yellowstone national park, Wyoming, and the day was cold and overcast. This female American red fox was hunting beside the road, stepping quietly across the crusty surface of the snow. The image, says Ashleigh, “illustrates the harsh reality of winter life in Yellowstone”. (Photo by Ashleigh Scully/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017) Continue reading »
Arctic treasure by Sergey Gorshkov (Russia). An arctic fox carries its egg trophy from a raid on a snow goose nest and heads for a suitable burial spot. Finalist 2017, Animal Portraits. (Photo by Sergey Gorshkov/2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year) Continue reading »
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are in full swing, so check out some of the fierce competitors jostling for the top prize this year. Photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam founded the awards to spotlight wildlife conservation efforts and to inject some humour into the world of wildlife photography.
A young elephant seals looks shocked at his friends revelation in George Cathcart’s “WTF?!”, taken on December 13, 2016 in San Simeon, California. (Photo by George Cathcart/CWPA/Barcroft Images) Continue reading »
The fourth annual BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition aims to celebrate the diversity of life on Earth, and encourages people to protect and conserve it.
“Roundup at Revillagigedo”. Aquatic Life Finalist. The nutrient and plankton rich waters of the Revillagigedo Archipelago, Mexico, create an unusually healthy ecosystem. Here over 1,000 top predators, including a variety of sharks and yellowfin tuna, gather to eat. (Photo by Ralph Pace/BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition 2017) Continue reading »
Australian Native Wildlife: The National Geographic Photographer Creates A Photo Archive Of Biodiversity Around The World.
The National Geographic Photo Ark is a travelling exhibition of photographer Joel Sartore’s quest to create a photo archive of biodiversity around the world. So far, Sartore has captured studio portraits of more than 6,000 species – a number that he hopes to double.
On 1 July, the ark will open at Melbourne zoo – the first time it has been exhibited in the southern hemisphere. More than 50 portraits will be on display, including many of Australian endangered animals being protected by programs at the zoo itself. These captions have been edited from text supplied by Melbourne zoo.
Barking owl. So-named because its call sounds like a barking dog, these birds are native to Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. In Victoria they are listed as an endangered species, and in 2003 there were estimated to be fewer than 50 breeding pairs.The main threat to the species in Victoria is loss of habitat, especially large trees with hollows in which they can nest and on which many of their prey depend. Apart from a bark, they may utter a chilling scream when they feel threatened. Continue reading »
From basking gharial to stampeding muskoxen, these images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition have been selected for a Natural History Museum book, Unforgettable Behaviour, and offer a unique glimpse into hidden worlds of animal survival and joy
Respect, Kronotsky nature reserve, Russia.
The photographer’s cat, Ryska – her name means little lynx in Russian – stands outside their cabin and with aggressive posturing warns off a fox. In winter, foxes would regularly visit the cabin searching for food. If one peered in at the window, possible when the snow was deep, Ryska would sit on the other side, fur raised, and growl. When outside, she would hold her ground. The foxes were not always frightened and so encounters could be a sort of dance. (Photo by Igor Shpilenok/Unforgettable Behaviour/NHM) Continue reading »
Ten finalists capture the theme of “through young eyes” in this young photographers’ competition that aims to engage youth around the world in wildlife conservation. Continue reading »
Egyptian visual artist Amr Elshamy takes what looks like awesome underwater snaps, but in actual fact, everything is done from his room. Take a look at some of the stuff Amr creates below, as well as some behind-the-scenes shots. Continue reading »
“Entwined Lives”. Tim Laman, US Winner, Wildlife photographer of the year. A young male orangutan makes the 30-metre climb up the thickest root of the strangler fig high above the canopy in Gunung Palung national park, one of the few protected orangutan strongholds in Indonesian Borneo. Laman had to do three days of climbing to position several GoPro cameras that he could trigger remotely. This shot was the one he had long visualised, looking down on the orangutan within its forest home. (Photo by Tim Laman/2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year) Continue reading »
A bear appears to have wings growing from it’s head in a photo taken by Adam Parsons, September, 2015. (Photo by Adam Parsons/Barcroft Images/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2016) Continue reading »
Brush fires in Everglades National Park, Florida make for a dramatic Milky Way in this panorama. A photographer set out to inspire awe in nature’s wonders through the tropical wetlands of Florida. Continue reading »
The first-ever comedy photo awards for animals in the wild was founded by wildlife photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks.
A macro photograph of honey bee tentacles, titled, Just putting on my pearls before I hit the town, pictured by Murray Mcculloch for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, July 2015. (Photo by Murray Mcculloch/Barcroft Images/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards) Continue reading »
Animal portraits winner: Jamie Mina, “Contemplation”, Mountain hare, Tomatin, Inverness, Scotland. (Photo by Jamie Mina/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016) Continue reading »