Stunning Images In Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Tabish Khan
By Tabish Khan Last edited 59 months ago
Stunning Images In Wildlife Photographer Of The Year
Jaguar, Panthera onca, the male was following a female to mate but this time she objected and attacked, in a spat that lasted 4 seconds. Pantanal, Brazil, South America
The spat Winner: Behaviour: Mammals Joe McDonaldWildlife Photographer of the Year 2013
Macaca fuscata

Jigokudani, Japan

Japanese macaque in blizzard
Snow moment Winner: Creative Visions Jasper Doest Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013
Location: Cousine Island, Seychelles

Caption: This noddy was trapped in a spider web and still alive when I saw it. Birds getting trapped in webs happen quite often on the islands of the Seychelles as these webs are extremely strong. I'm not sure if it is possible for the spider to eat such a big bird though.

Technique: On foot
Sticky situation Winner: Behaviour: Birds Isak Pretorius Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013
Essence of elephants
Winner: Animal Portraits and Overall Winner
Greg du Toit. Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013
Essence of elephants Winner: Animal Portraits and Overall Winner Greg du Toit. Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013
Russia. Kamchatka. volcano Tolbachik
The cauldron Winner: Wildscapes Sergey GorshkovWildlife Photographer of the Year 2013
Mother’s little headful
Winner: 11-14 Years
Udayan Rao Pawar
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013
Mother’s little headful Winner: 11-14 Years Udayan Rao Pawar Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

One annual exhibition we always look forward to is Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum. It's always filled with spectacular images of nature that make us want to explore more of the world, leaving us in awe of the lengths photographers will go to to get the perfect shot.

This year's bumper crop is no different, whether it be the tenderness of a mother gorilla sheltering her two children in the rain or the brutality of an alligator crunching down on a turtle's head. There are also plenty of photographs of humanity's devastating impact on nature include Daniel Beltra's portfolio on the devastation of the Amazon rainforest and the sad image of a shark swimming around with a fish hook embedded in its jaw.

Other highlights include a dugong nudging along a pair of fish, a shoal of silversides turning in on itself to create a living labyrinthine cave network, an ibex balancing on a seemingly vertical dam and a brightly coloured parakeet dwarfed by the raging waterfall behind it.

Our favourite image is of two iguanas fighting — the vivid colours make it seem that an ancient Chinese mosaic featuring two dragons has come to life. The quality and breadth of photographs on display mean that each visitor will have their own favourite and nobody will leave this exhibition in any doubt of the beauty of the natural world.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 is on at Natural History Museum until 23 March. Tickets are £12 for adults, concessions available.

Last Updated 22 October 2013