This year’s wildlife photographs have been overwhelming, bringing the beauty and chaos of the natural world to light in the most artistic way. Weeks ago, the highly commended entries in the Wildlife Photography of the Year 2020 revealed the best of nature and the cruelty of humankind inflicted on it, and now the winners of the contest have been announced and the picks are mesmerizing.
The winning photographs of the competition have been finally revealed this week and they exhibit nature’s beauty, and its more brutal side as well. The competition, which is run by London’s Natural History Museum, announced the winning entries across 17 categories, including the overall winner of the entire contest.
Let’s take a look at gorgeous pictures of miraculous nature thriving all around us from the winners of the Wildlife Photography of the Year 2020.
Love of Nature and Its Creations: This Amur tigress hugging an ancient Manchurian fir was photographed in the Land of the Leopard National Park, as the animal rubs its cheek against bark to leave secretions from its scent glands.
The Embrace by Sergey Gorshkov | Winner – Animals in their Environment and Grand Title Winner
Gotcha!: This fox finally caught dinner for its little cubs in the city suburbs on the island of Lehtisaari.
The Fox that Got the Goose by Liina Heikkinen | Winner – 15 to 17 years old, and Young Grand Title winner
Remarkably Beautiful: A red-banded sand wasp (left) and a cuckoo wasp, are photographed as they are about to enter next-door nest holes in Normandy, France.
A Tale of Two Wasps by Frank Deschandol | Winner – Behavior, Invertebrates
Meditation: A young male proboscis monkey cocks its head slightly and closes its eyes as if in mediation. The pale blue eyelids complement its flawlessly groomed auburn hair.
The Pose by Mognes Trolle | Winner – Animal Portraits
Mysterious Nature at Work: Tiny eyes of a ‘tongue-eating louse’ peeping out of the mouth of a clownfish really make one wonder the forces of nature and the wonderful mysteries behind it.
A Mean Mouthful by Sam Sloss | Winner – 11 to 14 years old
Showing off Acrobatic Skills: This little stonechat sitting on a flower stem in the midst of a meadow is exhibiting the perfect balance one should acquire.
Perfect Balance by Andrés Luis Dominguez Blanco | Winner – 10 years and under
Swift Like A Cat: This rare picture of a family of Pallas’s cats, or manuls, was captured after six years of work at high altitude, as these animals are quick and hard to find.
When Mother Says Run by Shanyuan Li | Winner – Behavior, Mammals
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Snacking on A Spider: The first picture of the newly discovered Manduriacu glass frog feeding was captured in the foothills of the Andes, northwestern Ecuador.
Life in the Balance by Jaime Culebras | Winner – Behavior, Amphibians and Reptiles
Feeding the Young: Beautifully captured, this intimate moment of feeding the young one of a great crested family is really precious, and something every living being can relate to.
Great Crested Sunrise by Jose Luis Ruiz Jiménez | Winner – Behavior, Birds
River of Fire: Lava flowing within a huge lava tunnel from a great gouge on the southern side of Mount Etna gives an impression of a river of fire.
Etna’ River of Fire by Luciano Gaudenzio | Winner – Earth’s Environments
Glowing in the Dark: This tiny diamondback squid paralarva was photographed in the blackness of the deep waters, and it graciously paused to pose for a while.
The Golden Moment by Songda Cai | Winner – Under Water
Broken-Hearted: As humans destroy forests, these primates wander off into human settlements, where they are either shot dead or are captured to be sold into a life of solitary confinement as a pet, to a zoo or for biomedical research.
Backroom Business by Paul Hilton | Winner – Wildlife Photojournalist Story Award
The Cycle of Life: Two ferocious predators caught in one frame, the giant riverine tiger beetle and the weaver ant exhibit nature’s cycle, how one inhabitant of the planet depends on the other for sustenance and survival.
The Last Bite by Ripan Biswas | Winner – Portfolio Award
Catching the Flycatcher: The photographer cleverly hid his camera behind a piece of bark on a tree in hopes to take a picture of the Cordilleran flycatcher that has set up its nest at this research cabin in Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front.
Watching You Watching Them by Alex Badyaev | Winner – Urban Wildlife
Dinner Date: Perched on the steep cliffs of a Sardinian island, a male Eleonora’s falcon brings dinner for its mate, which probably was snatched from the sky as it flew over the Mediterranean.
Eleonora’s Gift by Alberto Fantoni | Winner – 2020, Rising Star Portfolio