The results of the 2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year were announced yesterday and a number of phenomenal images made the shortlist of 100 photographs. The annual competition is now in its 49th year and is led by two UK institutions, the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide, who collectively received 43,000 photos from 96 countries this year. The photos will begin an international tour in the UK starting in November and you can find exhibition times and dates here.
The first two images shown below, Essence of elephants by Greg du Toit of South Africa and Mother by Udayan Rao Pawar of India are the two grand title winners. The rest of the photos are a mix of both winners and runner-up selections, and you can read much more about each photograph over at Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Essence of elephants. Greg du Toit, South Africa. Grand Title Winner Wildlife Photographer of the Year, 2013.
Mother. Udayan Rao Pawar, India. Grand Title Winner Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year (11-14 years), 2013.
The flight path. Connor Steganison, Canada.
Lucky Pounce. Connor Stefanison, Canada.
The water bear. Paul Souders, USA. This photo was the grand prize winner of National Geographic’s 2013 Photo Contest.
Dive Buddy. Luis Javier Sandoval, Mexico.
Snow moment. Jasper Doest, The Netherlands.
Lionfish Bait. Alex Tattersall, UK.
Feeding of the five thousand. Yossi Eshbol, Israel.
The greeting. Richard Packwood, UK. Nature in Black and White: Winner.
Freeze frame. Etienne Francey, Switzerland.
Fish-eye view. Theo Bosboom, The Netherlands.
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