PICS: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

 
 
 
  • The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, co-hosted by BBC Worldwide and the Natural History Museum in London, has come to a close... And guess what? Greg du Toit, a South African photographer, managed to scoop the sought-after accolade with this shot named ‘Essence of Elephants.' It was taken in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve Botswana after a decade of seeking the perfect elephant herd shot. (Greg du Toit / Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
  • Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year (11 - 14 years) - Udayan Rao Pawar, India. Udayan captured this shot entitled ‘Mother's little heedful' on the banks of the Chambal River, where a nesting colony of gharials rested. What makes the photograph super special is the fact that today, just 200 or so breeding adults remain in just 2 per cent of the former range. (Udayan Rao Pawar / Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
  • Creative Visions - Jasper Doest, The Netherlands. When photographing the famous Japanese macaques around the hot springs of Jigokudani, central Japan, Jasper had become fascinated by the surreal effects created by the arrival of a cold wind. Capturing this magical moment took Jasper a good two years and loads of luck. (Jasper Doest / Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
  • Eric Hosking Portfolio Award - Connor Stefanison, Canada. Entitled ‘The Flightpath' caught this haunting image of a female barred owl close to his home in Burnaby, British Colombia. He watched her for some time, familiarising himself with her flight paths until he knew her well enough to set up the shot. (Conor Stefanison / Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
  • Behaviour: Cold-Blooded Animals - Luis Javier Sandoval, Mexico. The beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, near Cancún, where Luis captured this wise old soul on camera, are traditional nesting sites for the endangered green turtle. (Luis Javier Sandoval / Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
  • Wildscapes - Sergey Gorshkov, Russia. On 29 November 2012 Sergey dropped everything, grabbed his camera and headed to central Kamchatka to photograph Plosky Tolbachik - one of two volcanoes in the Tolbachik volcanic plateau - when he heard it had erupted. ‘The cauldron' was a result of this. (Sergey Gorshkov/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
  • The second image in Connor's portfolio is entitled ‘Lucky Pounce' and catches a fox in action in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA. (Conor Stefanison / Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
  • Animals in their Environment - Paul Souders, USA. Managing to capture an image of a polar bear underwater is no mean feat, but with a good measure of patience and tenacity Paul Souders caught this prize-winning image just off the coast of Hudson Bay in Canada. (Paul Souders / Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
  • Behaviour: Birds - Isak Pretorius, South Africa. And another win for South Africa! He captured this image of a seafaring lesser noddy caught in a red-legged golden orb-web spider's web on the tiny island of Cousine in the Seychelles. He entitled it ‘A Sticky Situation. (Isak Pretorius / Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
  • Behaviour: Mammals - Joe McDonald, USA. For several hours, the noisy sounds of courtship and mating were all Joe was treated to as he sat, sweltering in the hot sun, in a boat on the Three Brothers River in Brazil's Pantanal. He was finally rewarded with this amazing shot when the passionate jaguar pair emerged to quench their thirst and battle out their domestic turmoil. (Joe McDonald / Wildlife Photographer of the Year)