For the 57th edition of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 competition, there has been an exceptional sum of 50,000 entries from photographers in 95 nations, showcasing some highly-commended entries. Some stand-out photographs might be showcased on October 12, along with the prominent Grand Title Award winners in London’s Natural History Museum.
Nature and wildlife are indeed the most marvelous creations of the almighty creator. Everyone has a story to tell and everything around us depicts that very story silently. Here are some breathtaking and highly-commended entries from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 that captured some untold stories of the wild.
“Hey buddy! What’s your blood group? Don’t bother, let me check!” – This little fly is enjoying its supper.
Image: Gil Wizen
“Are you jealous of my beauty, bud daisy?” – A beautiful Apollo butterfly is relaxing while flexing its beauty on an oxen daisy.
Image: Emelin Dupieux
“Hunt down!” – While this fox was on the hunt, the progressing storm and the low-angle shot beautifully summarizes the picture, making it a perfect visual.
Image: Jonny Armstrong
“Catch-as-catch-can” – Between these two White-tailed kites, the juvenile is all set to catch poor rodent’s throat.
Image: Jack Zhi
“Aww!” – An orphaned baby flying fox is resting peacefully after a day’s hustle.
Image: Douglas Gimesy
“The family man” – Three rose-ringed parakeets, a mother along with its two baby birds pop out their heads from the nest’s gap as the father parakeet returns with the meal.
Image: Gagana Mendis
“Hold my grip” – The golden tree snake mercilessly coiled the Tokay gecko in its grip.
Image: Wei Fu
“A swimming lesson or….drowning?” The photographer feared these male cheetahs wouldn’t make it out of a flooded river in Masai Mara, Kenya.
Image: Buddhilini de Soyza
“Circle of Life” – The photographer spotted this tarantula hawk wasp dragging his meal, a tarantula, up his fridge.
Image: Jaime Culebras
This shot of a small river in the Apuseni Mountains exhibits the vivid colors that the river has taken due to the toxic waste from a nearby mine.
Image: Gheorghe Popa
“Underwater Dance” – These photogenic narwhal shrimp look like a big dance troupe in deep water in the French Mediterranean.
Image: Laurent Ballesta
“Dead Fish to the Horizon” – As a devastating result of overfishing, a mass of dead and dying herring fish covers the surface of the sea as far as the eye goes, just off the coast of Norway.
Image: Audun Rikardsen
Capturing the elusive wild cat is an extremely difficult task, however, the photographer managed to take a shot of an Iberian lynx in the doorway of an abandoned hayloft in the Sierra Morena.
Image: Sergio Marijuan
“Glowing Mushrooms” – The photographer found a glowing ghost blooming in head-sized fruiting bodies from a dead tree in Queensland, Australia.
Image: Juergen Freund
Showing the importance of mangroves, this shot captured mangrove swamps providing a buffer between Kakinada city and the sea on Andhra Pradesh, India.
Image: Rakesh Pulapa
“Power” – A young lioness stares directly into the lens with one paw still over her wildebeest meal.
Image: Lara Jackson