The Current of Life bynLaurent Ballesta made into the "Highly Commended" list

The prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020 was announced and the picture of a tigress hugging a tree has clinched the top spot.

This is the 56th year of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards and it is developed and produced by Natural History Museum, London.

Sergey Gorshkov’s intimate photo of the Siberian tigress hugging the tree in the Russia Far East had won the judges over. The shutterbug captured the picture by using a hidden camera trap which showed the female tiger standing on her hind legs to embrace the Manchurian fir. The mighty tigress rubbed “her cheek against the bark to leave secretions from her scent glands.”

Sergey Gorshkov’s intimate photo of the Siberian tigress hugging the tree in the Russia Far East had won the judges over

These species of Russian tigers were hunted to near extinction in the last century. However, protection efforts in recent years have resulted in an increase in their numbers. It took Gorshkov a wait of 11 months to capture this rare picture.

The next entry of a 13-year-old Liina Heikkinen from Finland took the top spot in the 15-17 years category with her image of a fox eating a barnacle goose. The young shutterbug noticed the fox cub dragging the goose into a crevice to have its fill, all while keeping its hungry siblings at bay.

Photo by 13-year-old Liina Heikkinen from Finland

The serene profile portrait shot of a proboscis monkey by Mogens Trolle from Denmark is the winner of the WPY Animal Portraits this year. He captured the image in the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary in Borneo.

Captured by Mogens Trolle from Denmark

A photo of a polar bear at a Russian circus by Kirsten Luce took the top spot for Wildlife Photojournalism of 2020. The photographer spent months photographing and documenting the animal abuse that occurred in the circus.

Kirsten Luce spent months photographing and documenting the animal abuse that occurred in the circus

In the Earth’s Environment category, Etna’s river of fire by Luciano Gaudezino took the top spot.

Etna’s river of fire by Luciano Gaudezino

Several pictures from Indian shutterbugs too made the “Highly Commended” list of 2020. A shot by Dhritiman Mukherjee at the National Chambal Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh of a large male gharial carrying its offsprings is one to watch out for.

Shot by Dhritiman Mukherjee at the National Chambal Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh

A battle between a five-foot-long snake and an eagle in Tamil Nadu captured by Sambath Subbaiag was also on the “Highly Commended” list.

Captured by Sambath Subbaiag from Tamil Nadu

Yet another picture of a leopard strolling leisurely inside a hose by Indian photographer Nayan Khanolkar made into the list with judges saying, “His picture conveys the versatility of a remarkable predator, as well as hope for our future coexistence.”

Photo by Indian Photographer Nayan Khanolkar

You can check out other winners of the competition here.



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