Best Wildlife Photos Of 2017 Were Just Announced And The Winning Pic Is Making Everyone Angry And Sad (82 Pics)

A ceremony at the Natural History Museum, London, has revealed the results of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, and the winning photos are worth all of the attention they can get. This year, the annual competition has attracted nearly 50,000 entries from 92 countries and the organizers were kind enough to share them.
Photojournalist Brent Stirton has won the Grand Title for his picture of a black rhino's mutilated body. According to judge Roz Kidman Cox, his image was "symbolic of one of the most wasteful, cruel and unnecessary environmental crimes, one that needs to provoke the greatest public outcry." The shot was also included in Stirton's entry to the World Press Photo 2017 Nature category where his story won the first prize as well.

#1 'Arctic Treasure' By Sergey Gorshkov, Russia, Animal Portraits Finalist
Enchanted by its rugged beauty, Sergey finds any excuse to return to Wrangel Island. With no supplies available, he has to bring everything by helicopter – this two month trip took a year to plan. Collaborating with researchers, Sergey worked from shelters at the edge of the snow goose colony to reduce his impact on the inhabitants of this frozen world. In late May, a quarter of a million snow geese arrive on Wrangel Island – the world’s largest breeding colony. Opportunistic Arctic foxes take advantage of the feast, stealing eggs and caching them for leaner times. But the geese and foxes are well matched – it would have taken luck and cunning to win this prize.


#2 'Children Of The Rainforest' By Charlie Hamilton James, UK, The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image Finalist
Charlie was working in the remote Machiguenga community of Yomibato when he came across Yoina and her pet tamarin. Every day, she would go for a swim taking her tamarin with her. ‘I have no idea why,’ says Charlie. ‘The tamarin hated it and spent the whole time clambering onto her head to escape the water.’ Yoina’s tribe have inhabited the protected rainforest of Yomibato for generations and have earned the right to hunt animals (without guns) for food. The tribe consider themselves part of nature and take just enough to ensure their and the forest’s survival. When monkeys carrying young are killed, the babies are often kept as pets and later released.


#3 'Snow Spat' By Erlend Haarberg, Norway, Black And White Finalist
As spring awakens in the upland birch forest of Vauldalen, tensions between mountain hares grow. One night, two hares came to blows in front of Erlend’s hide, squabbling over food he had left out to attract them. Snowflakes flying, Erlend froze the action, later converting the image to black and white to accentuate the drama of the moment. As their Latin name, Lepus timidus, suggests, mountain hares are timid creatures, cautious after a lifetime of being hunted by predators and for human sport. In spring they become more active and, under the cover of darkness, scrap over food and females.


#4 'Stuck In' By Ashleigh Scully, USA, 11–14 Years Old Winner
#5 'Bear Hug' By Ashleigh Scully, USA, 11–14 Years Old Finalist
#6 'Toad With Attitude' By Jaime Culebras, Spain, Animal Portraits Finalist
#7 'Memorial To A Species' By Brent Stirton, South Africa, Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Grand Title Winner
#8 'Saved By Compassion' By Adrian Steirn, Australia, The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image Finalist
#9 'Sewage Surfer' By Justin Hofman, USA, The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image Finalist
#10 'Handled With Care' By Robin Moore, UK, The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image Finalist

‘The Night Raider’ By Marcio Cabral, Brazil, Animals In Their Environment Winner

‘Circle Of Life’ By Jordi Chias Pujol, Spain, Under Water Finalist

‘Winter Pause’ By Mats Andersson, Sweden, Black And White Finalist

‘Wings Of Winter’ By Imre Potyó, Hungary, Behaviour: Invertebrates Finalist

‘The Insiders’ By Qing Lin, China, Under Water Finalist

‘The Power Of The Matriarch’ By David Lloyd, New Zealand/UK, Animal Portraits Finalist

‘A Magnificence Of Monarchs’ By Jaime Rojo, Spain, Animals In Their Environment Finalist

‘Resplendent Delivery’ By Tyohar Kastiel, Israel, Behaviour: Birds Finalist

‘Giant Gathering’ By Tony Wu, USA, Behaviour: Mammals Winner

‘Lions’ Long Shot’ By Michael Cohen, USA, Behaviour: Mammals Finalist

‘Sweet-Grass And Ripples’ By Theo Bosboom, The Netherlands, Plants And Fungi Finalist

‘Swim Gym’ By Laurent Ballesta, France, Behaviour: Mammals Finalist

‘Cold Catch’ By Fred Zacek, Estonia, 10 Years And Under Finalist

‘Bold Eagle’ By Klaus Nigge, Germany, Animal Portraits Finalist

‘Wolf Watch’ By Lasse Kurkela, Finland, 11–14 Years Old Finalist

‘Spring Release’ By John Mullineux, South Africa, Behaviour: Mammals Finalist

‘A Whorl Of Sharks’ By Esantosh Shanmuga, USA, Black And White Finalist

‘Snap Shot’ By Rodrigo Friscione Wyssmann, Mexico, Behaviour: Amphibians And Reptiles Finalist

‘Crab Surprise’ By Justin Gilligan, Australia, Behaviour: Invertebrates Winner

 'Big Sucker, Little Sucker' By Alex Sher, USA, Under Water Finalist

'Cat Attack' By Stefano Unterthiner, Italy, Urban Wildlife Finalist
 'Glimpse Of A Lynx' By Laura Albiac Vilas, Spain, 11–14 Years Old Finalist
'Polar Pas De Deux' By Eilo Elvinger, Luxembourg, Black And White Winner
'Night Of The Turtles' By Ingo Arndt, Germany, Behaviour: Amphibians And Reptiles Finalist
'In The Grip Of The Gulls' By Ekaterina Bee, Italy, 10 Years And Under Winner
'The Good Life' By Daniël Nelson, The Netherlands, Young Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Grand Title Winner
 'Realm Of The Condor' By Klaus Tamm, Germany, Animals In Their Environment Finalist
 'Anticipation' By Marco Urso, Italy, Behaviour: Mammals Finalist
'The Jellyfish Jockey' By Anthony Berberian, France, Under Water Winner
 'The Look Of A Whale' By Wade Hughes, Australia, Animal Portraits Finalist
 'The Mud Crowd' By Mark Cale, UK, Animals In Their Environment Finalist
 'Black Kites, Red Sunset' By Dhyey Shah, India, 10 Years And Under Finalist
'Boar Crossing' By Marc Albiac, Spain, 15–17 Years Old Finalist
 'Killer Tactics' By George Karbus, Czech Republic/Ireland, Behaviour: Mammals Finalist
'The Tyre Nightjar' By Jaime Culebras, Spain, Urban Wildlife Finalist
 'Palm-Oil Survivors' By Aaron 'Bertie' Gekoski, UK/USA, The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image Winner
 'Layers Of Autumn' By Uge Fuertes Sanz, Spain, Plants And Fungi Finalist
 'Off Piste' By Hugo Wassermann, Italy, Urban Wildlife Finalist


 'Saguaro Twist' By Jack Dykinga, USA, Plants And Fungi Finalist
'Fire Ice' By Chris Bray, Australia, Earth’s Environments Finalist
'The Hairy Raincoat' By Josiah Launstein, Canada, 11–14 Years Old Finalist
 'Limpet Exposure' By Theo Bosboom, The Netherlands, Animals In Their Environment Finalist
'Shelf Life' By Pål Hermansen, Norway, Urban Wildlife Finalist
'The Ancient Ritual' By Brian Skerry, USA, Behaviour: Amphibians And Reptiles Winner
'Picky Eaters' By Daniel Rosengren, Sweden, Behaviour: Birds Finalist
 'Father Knows Best' By Christian Ziegler, Germany, Behaviour: Birds Finalist
 'Death By A Thousand Bites' By Lucas Bustamante, Ecuador, Behaviour: Invertebrates Finalist
'Romance Among The Angels' By Andrey Narchuk, Russia, Behaviour: Invertebrates Finalist
'Spawn Rivals' By David Herasimtschuk, USA, Under Water Finalist
'An Elegant Affair' By Knut Erik Alnæs, Norway, 15–17 Years Old Finalist
'The Gladiator Versus The Beetle' By Javier Aznar González De Rueda, Spain, Behaviour: Amphibians And Reptiles Finalist
 'Breakfast At Dawn' By Jari Heikkinen, Finland, Behaviour: Birds Finalist
'Freshwater Eden' By Michel Roggo, Switzerland, Plants And Fungi Finalist
 'Arctic Blues' By Reiner Leifried, Germany, Earth’s Environments Finalist
 'Road Hog' By Evalotta Zacek, Estonia, 10 Years And Under Finalist
'Dog’s Dinner' By Greg Du Toit, South Africa, Black And White Finalist
'Hornbill Losing Patience' By Dhanu Paran, India, 15–17 Years Old Finalist
'The Bird Rack' By Bence Máté, Hungary, The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image Finalist
'Alfred In Contemplation' By Russell Laman, USA, 15–17 Years Old Finalist
'Head Hunter' By Kutub Uddin, Bangladesh/UK, Behaviour: Invertebrates Finalist
 'Fly Killer' By Kutub Uddin, Bangladesh/UK, Behaviour: Invertebrates Finalist
'Rough Love' By Edwar Herreno, Colombia/Costa Rica, Under Water Finalist
 'Bay Of Egrets' By Roberto González García, Spain, Urban Wildlife Finalist
'The Unstoppable Force' By Paddy Scott, UK, Earth’s Environments Finalist
'Tapestry Of Life' By Dorin Bofan, Romania, Plants And Fungi Winner
 'Desert Canvas' By Angiolo Manetti, Italy, Earth’s Environments Finalist
'When Worlds Collide' By Fred Zacek, Estonia, 10 Years And Under Finalist
 'The Make-You-Jump Spider' By Adam Hakim Hogg, Malaysia, 10 Years And Under Finalist
 'Sheer Endurance' By David Pattyn, Belgium, Animals In Their Environment Finalist
'The Incubator Bird' By Gerry Pearce, UK/Australia, Behaviour: Birds Winner

Best Wildlife Photos Of 2017 Were Just Announced And The Winning Pic Is Making Everyone Angry And Sad (82 Pics) Best Wildlife Photos Of 2017 Were Just Announced And The Winning Pic Is Making Everyone Angry And Sad (82 Pics) Reviewed by Your Destination on October 22, 2017 Rating: 5

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