The pres­ti­gious Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year com­pe­ti­tion recog­nises the very best wildlife and na­ture pho­tog­ra­phy from around the world. Here, we bring you a pre­view of some of this year’s fi­nal­ists. All the fi­nal­ists will be on dis­play at the Natura

NPhoto - - Photo Contents - Nosy Neigh­bour Sam Hob­son, UK

Stun­ning Nikon im­ages short­listed for Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year 2016

Sam wanted to cap­ture the in­quis­i­tive na­ture of the ur­ban red fox in a way that would pique the cu­rios­ity of its hu­man neigh­bours. He spent weeks scout­ing for the ideal lo­ca­tion in Bris­tol, the UK’s fa­mous fox city. He dis­cov­ered a wall that one cu­ri­ous fox cub liked to peek over and sit on in the early evening. Set­ting his fo­cus very close to the lens, Sam stood back and waited. He was re­warded when the young­ster peeked over and stayed mo­tion­less for long enough to cre­ate this in­ti­mate por­trait. Nikon D800, Nikon 17–35mm f/2.8, 1/6 sec, f/4.5, ISO800

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