Win­ners of Wildlife POTY 2018 re­vealed

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THE WIN­NERS of the Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year (WPOTY) com­pe­ti­tion were re­cently re­vealed at a cer­e­mony at the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum in Lon­don. As fea­tured in last week’s Big Pic­ture in 7Days, top prize and the ac­co­lade of Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year 2018 went to Dutch pho­tog­ra­pher Marsel van Oosten for his strik­ing im­age, ‘ The Golden Cou­ple’ (be­low), but lots of other pow­er­ful and mov­ing pho­to­graphs were hon­oured too. Six­teen-year- old Skye Meaker was named Young Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year 2018 with his charm­ing por­trait of a leop­ard wak­ing from her sleep in Mashatu Game Re­serve, Botswana. Skye has re­port­edly wanted to be a na­ture pho­tog­ra­pher since re­ceiv­ing his first pocket cam­era at the age of seven. ‘ With pre­cisely ex­e­cuted tim­ing and com­po­si­tion, we get a cov­eted glimpse into the in­ner world of one of the most fre­quently pho­tographed, yet rarely truly seen, an­i­mals,’ says com­pe­ti­tion judge and past win­ner Alexan­der Badyaev.

The two images were se­lected from 19 cat­e­gory win­ners, and beat over 45,000 en­tries from 95 coun­tries. Marsel and Skye’s images will be on show in light­box dis­plays with 98 other cat­e­gory-win­ning and com­mended pho­to­graphs.

Mov­ingly, a num­ber of en­tries this year sug­gest that an­i­mals ex­pe­ri­ence grief. No­table ex­am­ples in­clude Ri­cardo Núñez Mon­tero’s im­age of a young fe­male moun­tain go­rilla mourn­ing her dead baby, which she car­ried for weeks (win­ner of the Be­hav­iour: Mam­mals cat­e­gory). Frans Lant­ing, an­other Dutch na­ture pho­tog­ra­pher, re­ceived a Life­time Achieve­ment Award.

A ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion at the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum opened on 19 Oc­to­ber and will tour across the UK and in­ter­na­tion­ally to lo­ca­tions such as Canada, Spain, USA, Aus­tralia and Ger­many. The 2019 com­pe­ti­tion is now open; for en­try de­tails, see www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/wpy/com­pe­ti­tion.html.

Sweet six­teen – Skye Meaker clearly has a bright fu­ture ahead of him

Se­rial com­pe­ti­tion win­ner Marsel Van Oosten’s tri­umphant im­age

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