Saguaro Twist

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Jack Dykinga, USA A band of an­cient giants com­mands the ex­pan­sive arid land­scape of Ari­zona’s Sono­ran Desert Na­tional Mon­u­ment in the US. These em­blem­atic saguaro cacti – up to 200 years old – may tower at more than 12 me­tres (40 feet) but are very slow-grow­ing, some sprout­ing up­wardly curved branches as they ma­ture. This one al­lowed me to get right in­side its limbs. Nikon D810, 14-24mm f/2.8, 1/3 sec, f/20, ISO64

These images are a se­lec­tion of fi­nal­ists to The Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year 2017 com­pe­ti­tion, shot on Nikon cam­eras. The com­pe­ti­tion is de­vel­oped and pro­duced by the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum, Lon­don, and is open to both pro­fes­sional and am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­phers. The adult cat­e­gories in­clude Earth’s En­vi­ron­ments, An­i­mal Por­traits, and Pho­to­jour­nal­ism, while the young peo­ple’s cat­e­gories are split into three age brack­ets. An ex­hi­bi­tion of this year’s win­ning images opens Fri­day 20 Oc­to­ber 2017, while next year’s com­pe­ti­tion opens for en­tries on Mon­day 23 Oc­to­ber 2017, and closes on Thurs­day 14 De­cem­ber 2017. For fur­ther de­tails, visit www.wildlifepho­tog­ra­pheroftheyear.com

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