Top wildlife photos unveiled
Nature struts its stuff in these winning entries from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition
THEY’RE dubbed the Oscars of wildlife photography and showcase all that’s awe-spiring in nature. The 54th Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest is run by the UK’s Natural History Museum and this year drew more than 45 000 entries from 95 countries. Among the South Africans whose work won prizes is 16-year-old Skye Meaker from Durban North for his portrait of a dozy leopard.
Lounging leopard by Skye Meaker, South Africa. Grand title winner 2018, 15-17 years old The portrait of a sleepy leopard was taken by Skye Meaker (16) in Botswana’s Mashatu Game Reserve. As the leopard opened her eyes for a second, overhead branches moved to let in light that gave them a glint, helping Skye to create his memorable portrait.
The meerkat mob by Tertius A Gous, South Africa. Highly commended 2018, behaviour: mammals A cobra got more than it bargained for when it threatened two meerkat pups on Namibia’s Brandberg Mountain. The rest of the 20-strong pack split into two and launched into a spirited 10-minute defence. Finally, the cobra gave up and slunk away. 84 |
Pipe owls by Arshdeep Singh, India. Winner 2018, 10 years and under Arshdeep (10) photographed these two owlets huddling together at the opening of an old waste pipe while he and his father were leaving Kapurthal – a city in the Indian state of Punjab – to go on a birding trip. The result is a charming portrait of a species that has adapted to urban life.