Wildlife Photographer Of The Year: Outstanding Images To Vote For Lumix People’s Choice Award

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Photo: Martin Buzora, Canada - Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the world’s longest-running global photography competition, has just announced its shortlist of 25 photos for voters to choose the ‘People’s Choice Award’.

The Wildlife Photographer of The Year contest, now in its 55th year, is the Natural History Museum of London’s annual showcase of the world's best nature photography and wildlife photojournalism.

While the main winners are selected by a panel of judges, the People’s Choice winner is voted by the public.

From over 48,000 photos submitted by photographers from 100 countries for the Wildlife Photographer Of The Year contest this year, @NHM_WPY, the organizers pre-selected 25 exceptional entries to be voted for the LUMIX People’s Choice Award.

The top five LUMIX People’s Choice Award  @LumixUK images will also be displayed online, along with the 100-strong winning portfolio chosen by the panel of judges.

The shortlisted images are currently on display at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, and the winner will be announced in February 2020, then showcased until the exhibition closes on May 31.

Seen by millions around the world, the winning images shine a spotlight on nature photography as an art form while serving both as a reminder of the impact of human activity and a challenge to address the big questions facing our planet — and the ever more urgent need to protect it and the species we share it with.

'The LUMIX People’s Choice images capture the essence of the competition; they all ignite a reaction about the natural world and make you see it differently,” said Tim Littlewood, Executive Director of Science at the Natural History Museum and member of the judging panel. “Showcasing breathtaking beauty, compassion and cruelty, it is impossible not to be moved by them – I think everyone who votes has a tough decision to make!'

Photographers of all ages and abilities can enter the 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition right now. It’s open until 11:30 am GMT on December 12.

Beak to beak: Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve in the state of Yucatán is home to Mexico’s largest flock of Caribbean flamingos. This chick is less than five days old – it will stay in its nest for under a week before it joins a crèche of other youngsters that wander around the colony searching for food.

The unwelcome visitor: Over several months, Salvador watched different species of birds use the dead flower spike of the agave in Valencia, Spain, as a perch before descending to a small pond to drink. A pair of common kestrels were frequent visitors, though each time they came magpies would hassle them.

Bon appétit: Night hikes through the Ecuadorian jungle are one of Lucas’ favourite activities. With a keen interest in herpetology, he was overjoyed to spot this labiated rainfrog, an abundant species in the region. It had just caught a baby tarantula and its comical expression said ‘caught in the act!’

Mother knows best: While on a bear-watching trip to the Nakina River in British Columbia, Canada, Marion spotted a grizzly bear and her young cub approach a tree. The mother bear started to rub against the tree trunk and was followed shortly by the cub, imitating its mother.

Winter’s tale: Valeriy encountered this Pallas’s cat while it was out hunting in the Mongolian grasslands. It was -42°C (-44°F) on that frosty day, but the fairytale scene cancelled out the cold. Pallas’s cats are no bigger than a domestic cat and they stalk small rodents, birds and occasionally insects.

Teamwork: Jake was on a boat off the coast of Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada, =where he watched humpback whales feeding. Here, the leader whale dives to locate the fish. Once the fish are located, the rest of the pod swim in decreasing circles while blowing bubbles which create a net, trapping the fish.

What a poser: In Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve, Clement spent time observing this beautiful leopard as she soaked up the last warm rays of the setting sun. Clement is mindful to remember to take pleasure in life’s simple moments – being all too aware that sometimes, as a wildlife photographer, you can miss the exceptional while looking for the unusual.

Tender play: It was early March and Steve spotted this mother polar bear and her two cubs after 10 days of looking. They had recently left their birthing den in Wapusk National Park, Canada, to begin the long journey to the sea ice so their mother could feed. After a nap, the cubs were in a playful mood.

Matching outfits: Michel was in the Pantanal, Brazil, photographing jaguars. One afternoon, as he was on the Três Irmãos River, a mother and her cub crossed in front of his boat. He watched, mesmerized, as they left the water holding an anaconda with a very similar pattern to their own.

A suitable gift: Marco was in Hortobágyi National Park, Hungary, when he spotted these kestrels displaying typical courtship behavior. Here, the female has just recovered an offering of a young green lizard from her suitor and in this touching moment she tenderly took hold of his claw.

Trustful: For over two years, Ingo followed the pumas of Torres del Paine National Park, in Chile’s Patagonia. This female was so accustomed to his presence that one day she fell asleep nearby. On awakening, she glanced at him in a familiar way, and he was able to capture this portrait of a completely relaxed puma.

Family get-together: Marmots have become accustomed to the presence of humans in Hohe Tauern National Park, Austria, and allow people to observe and photograph them at close range. This behavior is beneficial for the marmots, as human company deters predators such as golden eagles.

Big ears: Valeriy was on a summer expedition to the Mongolian part of the Gobi Desert when he happened upon a long-eared jerboa. As blood moves through the ears of these usually nocturnal animals, excess heat dissipates across the skin, keeping the animal cool.

Spot the reindeer: The conditions for photographing in the Norwegian archipelago Svalbard are extreme, but wildlife has adapted to the environment and its freezing temperatures. Francis found this composition of white arctic reindeer, which were observing him, both curious and charming.

Captive: A giant panda sits in its cage in a breeding center in Shaanxi, China. With a growing wild population and no realistic plan of how to breed and raise pandas for re-release into the wild rather than a life in captivity – not to mention lack of habitat as the largest barrier to the continued spread of the wild population – it’s unclear how such centers will benefit the species.

Losing the fight: Orangutans have been used in degrading performances at Safari World, Bangkok, among many locations, for decades. The shows were temporarily stopped in 2004 due to international pressure but have since resumed — twice a day, every day – with hundreds of people paying to watch the orangutans box, dance, play the drums and more.

Here you can browse all 25 finalists, select your favorite and cast your vote.

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The prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the world’s longest-running global photography competition, has just announced its shortlist of 25 photos for voters to choose the ‘People’s Choice Award’.

The Wildlife Photographer of The Year contest, now in its 55th year, is the Natural History Museum of London’s annual showcase of the world's best nature photography and wildlife photojournalism.

While the main winners are selected by a panel of judges, the People’s Choice winner is voted by the public.

From over 48,000 photos submitted by photographers from 100 countries for the Wildlife Photographer Of The Year contest this year, @NHM_WPY, the organizers pre-selected 25 exceptional entries to be voted for the LUMIX People’s Choice Award.

The top five LUMIX People’s Choice Award  @LumixUK images will also be displayed online, along with the 100-strong winning portfolio chosen by the panel of judges.

The shortlisted images are currently on display at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, and the winner will be announced in February 2020, then showcased until the exhibition closes on May 31.

Seen by millions around the world, the winning images shine a spotlight on nature photography as an art form while serving both as a reminder of the impact of human activity and a challenge to address the big questions facing our planet — and the ever more urgent need to protect it and the species we share it with.

'The LUMIX People’s Choice images capture the essence of the competition; they all ignite a reaction about the natural world and make you see it differently,” said Tim Littlewood, Executive Director of Science at the Natural History Museum and member of the judging panel. “Showcasing breathtaking beauty, compassion and cruelty, it is impossible not to be moved by them – I think everyone who votes has a tough decision to make!'

Photographers of all ages and abilities can enter the 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition right now. It’s open until 11:30 am GMT on December 12.

Beak to beak: Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve in the state of Yucatán is home to Mexico’s largest flock of Caribbean flamingos. This chick is less than five days old – it will stay in its nest for under a week before it joins a crèche of other youngsters that wander around the colony searching for food.

The unwelcome visitor: Over several months, Salvador watched different species of birds use the dead flower spike of the agave in Valencia, Spain, as a perch before descending to a small pond to drink. A pair of common kestrels were frequent visitors, though each time they came magpies would hassle them.

Bon appétit: Night hikes through the Ecuadorian jungle are one of Lucas’ favourite activities. With a keen interest in herpetology, he was overjoyed to spot this labiated rainfrog, an abundant species in the region. It had just caught a baby tarantula and its comical expression said ‘caught in the act!’

Mother knows best: While on a bear-watching trip to the Nakina River in British Columbia, Canada, Marion spotted a grizzly bear and her young cub approach a tree. The mother bear started to rub against the tree trunk and was followed shortly by the cub, imitating its mother.

Winter’s tale: Valeriy encountered this Pallas’s cat while it was out hunting in the Mongolian grasslands. It was -42°C (-44°F) on that frosty day, but the fairytale scene cancelled out the cold. Pallas’s cats are no bigger than a domestic cat and they stalk small rodents, birds and occasionally insects.

Teamwork: Jake was on a boat off the coast of Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada, =where he watched humpback whales feeding. Here, the leader whale dives to locate the fish. Once the fish are located, the rest of the pod swim in decreasing circles while blowing bubbles which create a net, trapping the fish.

What a poser: In Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve, Clement spent time observing this beautiful leopard as she soaked up the last warm rays of the setting sun. Clement is mindful to remember to take pleasure in life’s simple moments – being all too aware that sometimes, as a wildlife photographer, you can miss the exceptional while looking for the unusual.

Tender play: It was early March and Steve spotted this mother polar bear and her two cubs after 10 days of looking. They had recently left their birthing den in Wapusk National Park, Canada, to begin the long journey to the sea ice so their mother could feed. After a nap, the cubs were in a playful mood.

Matching outfits: Michel was in the Pantanal, Brazil, photographing jaguars. One afternoon, as he was on the Três Irmãos River, a mother and her cub crossed in front of his boat. He watched, mesmerized, as they left the water holding an anaconda with a very similar pattern to their own.

A suitable gift: Marco was in Hortobágyi National Park, Hungary, when he spotted these kestrels displaying typical courtship behavior. Here, the female has just recovered an offering of a young green lizard from her suitor and in this touching moment she tenderly took hold of his claw.

Trustful: For over two years, Ingo followed the pumas of Torres del Paine National Park, in Chile’s Patagonia. This female was so accustomed to his presence that one day she fell asleep nearby. On awakening, she glanced at him in a familiar way, and he was able to capture this portrait of a completely relaxed puma.

Family get-together: Marmots have become accustomed to the presence of humans in Hohe Tauern National Park, Austria, and allow people to observe and photograph them at close range. This behavior is beneficial for the marmots, as human company deters predators such as golden eagles.

Big ears: Valeriy was on a summer expedition to the Mongolian part of the Gobi Desert when he happened upon a long-eared jerboa. As blood moves through the ears of these usually nocturnal animals, excess heat dissipates across the skin, keeping the animal cool.

Spot the reindeer: The conditions for photographing in the Norwegian archipelago Svalbard are extreme, but wildlife has adapted to the environment and its freezing temperatures. Francis found this composition of white arctic reindeer, which were observing him, both curious and charming.

Captive: A giant panda sits in its cage in a breeding center in Shaanxi, China. With a growing wild population and no realistic plan of how to breed and raise pandas for re-release into the wild rather than a life in captivity – not to mention lack of habitat as the largest barrier to the continued spread of the wild population – it’s unclear how such centers will benefit the species.

Losing the fight: Orangutans have been used in degrading performances at Safari World, Bangkok, among many locations, for decades. The shows were temporarily stopped in 2004 due to international pressure but have since resumed — twice a day, every day – with hundreds of people paying to watch the orangutans box, dance, play the drums and more.

Here you can browse all 25 finalists, select your favorite and cast your vote.

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