The competition honors nature photographers from around the world and is hosted by the British Natural History Museum and the BBC. Professional, amateur, and young photographers can enter their photographs.
The overall winner (and winner of the black and white category) is a shot of lions and their cubs, “The Last Great Photograph,” by American Michael Nichols:
Michael Nichols is an award winning photographer who works as an editor for National Geographic, you can read more about him here.
The winner of the birds category is “Herons in Time and Space” by Bence Mate:
The photographer went to great lengths to get an amazing shot of these grey herons in Hungary. He used two timing devices for his camera, one to move the focus and one to adjust aperture. It took 74 nights before the conditions were right to get a photograph of both the herons and the stars in the sky.
The winner of the world in our hands category is “The Price They Pay” by Bruno D’Amicis:
Selling fennec foxes is illegal in Tunisa but it is still widespread. In the above photograph a teenager offers this young fenec fox for sale after it was recently dug out of its den in the desert. Issues like this are important to understand when considering the obstacles many endangered species face from humans.
If you like these photos I highly suggest you check out the rest of the finalists and winners at the Natural History Museum’s website.