Winning Shots From Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 will Mesmerize You
This year Laurent Ballesta has been announced as Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his stunning underwater shot
The purpose of photography is not only to capture a moment in time but also being able to communicate more through the picture, and wildlife photography does that exactly. The Wildlife Photographer of The Year 2021 organized by the Natural History Museum has announced its winning images and they are mind-blowing. This year, the competition received a humongous amount of entries from around 95 countries.
Laurent Ballesta has been announced as the Wildlife Photographer of the Year for capturing a perfect underwater shot of the rare sight of camouflage groupers as they leave a mating frenzy that happens once a year under a full moon.
These winning photographs from the contest give us a different perspective of life in the wild while revealing some of its hidden secrets and tales. Here are the most spectacular pictures from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021.
Spawning season – Earning the photographer the grand prize, this shot captured camouflage groupers leaving their milky cloud of eggs and sperm after their annual spawning is a rare sight.
Image: Laurent Ballesta
A chilling dive – Showing the polar bears in a totally different light, his pleasing drone shot captured the cooling-off time of these two around Hudson Bay.
Image: Martin Gregus
The net web – The 10-year-old photographer has taken an amazing shot capturing the spider’s silk creation.
Image: Vidyun R Hebbar
Fly high! – A Siberian jay to measure the gauge of its flight and store its food at the top of the spruce tree.
Image: Lasse Kurkela
The underwater world – The stunning reef shot is reflecting the beauty of the hidden underwater world.
Image: Justin Gilligan
Reached the flower peak – A warbler bird is enjoying a sunflower’s top view.
Image: Andres Luis Dominguez Blanco
‘Follow the spiders’ – This giant spider and hundreds of creepy crawlers remind us of the big arachnid Aragog from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Goosebumps!
Image: Gil Wizen
“Head to head” – Two Svalbard reindeer are clashing to win the power trial, a subspecies that is threatened by climate change.
Image: Stefano Unterthiner
Are you scared? – The pair of courting sharp-ribbed giant newts are looking for their new potential meal.
Image: Joao Rodrigues
The map shot – The shot captures the stark contrast between the straight road cutting through the winding curves of the Spanish wetland landscape.
Image: Javier Lafuente
“The healing touch”- These two chimps are trying to fit in the Chimpanzee rescue and sanctuary center as the director of the center gives them the required love and care.
Image: Brent Stirton
A gift of love – “This couple exchanged gifts of moss, twigs and small stones and preened and serenaded each other with soft warbling sounds to strengthen their relationship or ‘pair bond’.”
Image: Shane Kalyn
Find me if you can! – This startling shot captures a ghost pipefish locked up amid the arms of a feather star.
Image: Alex Mustard
The Cold Nursery- The photographer captures harp seals, seal pups and the blood from birth making a sharp impression against the white backdrop of melting sea ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Quebec, Canada.
Image: Jennifer Hayes
The weaver – An amazing shot of a fishing spider, weaving under the slab of loose tree bark.
Image: Gil Wizen
This alluring beauty is showcasing its swimming skills for the zoo visitors. The use of animals in the entertainment industry often borders on animal cruelty, won’t you agree?
Image: Adam Oswell
Leftovers – ”A Grizzly Bear investigates a bull elk carcass in Montana, USA, in this scene captured by a camera trap.”
Image: Zack Clothier
The relaxing shower – This splendid gorilla seems to enjoy its rain shower and having a moment to reflect.
Image: Majed Ali
Battle on! – These adult male cichlids are grappling for the proprietorship of a shell.
Image: Angel Fitor