Wildlife Photographer of the Year – People’s Choice Award winner

This year the award for the people’s choice wildlife photographer of the year was given to an amateur British photographer named Nima Sarikhani. His image depicted a young polar bear drifting off to sleep on an iceberg. According to Dr. Douglas Gurr from the Natural History Museum, “Sarikhani’s breathtaking and poignant image allows us to see the beauty and fragility of our planet.” It undoubtedly draws attention to important environmental issues such as global warming, which as a result has led to habitat loss.

The thought-provoking photograph also portrays the deep connection between the animal and its habitat. The amateur photographer managed to capture this image during his search for polar bears in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago.

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After three days of endless searching and despite the thick fog, he finally managed to capture this breathtaking image. Nature and wildlife photography lovers from across the globe were allowed to vote for 25 shortlisted images. Out of the 25, four other finalists were highly commended.

The Happy Turtle by Tzahi Finkelstein was also highly commended.

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The heartwarming image showcases a dragonfly landing unexpectedly on the nose of a Balkan pond turtle. Tzahi was in hiding photographing shore birds when he came across this sight.

Another highly commended image was Starling Murmuration by Daniel Dencescu.

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The photograph was taken on a cloudless winter day in the suburbs of Rome, Italy. After spending hours following the birds, Daniel was finally able to capture an image of the starlings forming the shape of a giant bird.

Shared Parenting by Mark Boyd portrays.

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Two lionesses grooming a cub after they return from an unsuccessful hunting mission. The image was captured in an open grassland in Kenya’s Maasai Mara reserve.

The fourth image, Aurora Jellies is by Audun Rikardsen.

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The photograph draws attention to moon jellyfish swarming in the waters of a fjord in Northern Norway, underneath the bright aurora borealis. Audun even utilized his own system for adjusting the focus and aperture during a single exposure. The award-winning photograph and the four highly commended photographs are to be displayed at London’s Natural History Museum until the 30th of June.