Discover the best wildlife pictures of 2020
Once again this year, the wildlife photographs awarded by the Wildlife Photographer of the Year are worth seeing. Tigers, foxes, monkeys, bears, insects... there is something for everyone.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020
Every year since 1964, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year rewards the most beautiful animal photos. It is considered to be one of the most prestigious photography competitions in the world. The winners have the honour to be exhibited at the Natural History Museum in London. And this year again, the competition has reached a very high level with breathtaking shots. Here are the big winners, category by category.
The Embrace for the 'Adult Grand Title Winner'
It is awarded to Sergey Gorshkov. This Russian photographer captured an incredible portrait of a tigress in the Leopard Land National Park in Russia. A shot all the more beautiful as this 'love tiger' is a species which almost disappeared a short time ago and which remains endangered. This photograph also won the category 'Animals in their environment.'
The Fox That Got the Goose for the 'Young Grand Title' award.
It is awarded to Liina Heikkinen. This young Finn is only 13 years old and yet she already shows great talent in this field. Her photograph of a fox on the island of Lehtisaaria amazed the jury.
The Golden Moment for the 'Underwater' award
It is awarded to Songda Cai. It was while diving near the Philippines that he came across this diamond squid, measuring just over six centimeters.
Etna’s River of Fire for the 'Earth's Environments' award.
It is awarded to Luciano Gaudenzio. Wildlife Photographer of the Year doesn't just reward animal snapshots. This category shows the richness of our planet and the Italian understood it well. He offers us here a lava flow from Etna in 2017.
A Tale of Two Wasps for the 'Behavior: Invertebrates' award
It is awarded to Frank Deschandol. This Normandy-based wildlife photographer had already been nominated in 2019 for his shot of solitary bees at a rest, aligned on a blade of wheat. This time again, he is interested in insects and more particularly wasps.
Show Business for the 'Wildlife Photojournalism: Unique Image' award
It is awarded to Kirsten Luce. This photograph was taken in a Russian circus in Kazan, Russia. It is the Circus on Ice, often singled out for the treatment inflicted to its animals, especially its polar bears, one of which is here muzzled.
Life in the Balance for the 'Behavior: Amphibians and Reptiles' award
It is awarded to Jaime Culebras. This glass frog tastes a small spider, balanced on a branch. A touching moment of life, all the more because this recently discovered species is already in danger of extinction.
The Pose for the 'Animal portraits' award
It is awarded to Mogens Trolle. This Dane specialist in primates took here the portrait of a nasic monkey, known for its prominent nose. This monkey is only found in the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, on the island of Borneo.
Out of the Blue for the 'Plants and Fungi' award
It is awarded to Gabriel Eisenband. It is on Ritak'Uwa Blanco, one of the highest peaks of the Andes, in Colombia, that the photographer has immortalized this land which seems straight from another planet. Yellow flowers pop in a magical décor and a post-apocalyptic atmosphere.
Great Crested Sunrise for the 'Behavior: Birds' award
It is awarded to José Luis Ruiz Jiménez. Here is a nice family photo of great crested grebes. One of the parents feeds her baby with a freshly caught fish. A beautiful moment of sweetness as nature often offers.
When Mother Says Run for the 'Behavior: Mammals' award
It is awarded to Shanyuan Li. The photographer has managed the feat of bringing together a whole family of Pallas cats in a single shot. And that is not an easy thing. This species is very rare and lives only in remote areas of Central Asia. This photo worth far more than its weight in gold is the result of ... six years of work, just like that.
Perfect Balance for the '10 years and under' award
It is awarded to Andrés Luis Dominguez Blanco. And here is a new young talent in wildlife photography. This young Spaniard captured the perfect moment when a small sparrow landed on a rod, bending it slightly.
Watching You Watching Them for the 'Urban wildlife' award
It is awarded to Alex Badyaev. Note that a biologist can also work from home. This is the case for this man who was able to take advantage of a nest of ravine flycatchers right on his house to win this prize.
Backroom Business for the 'Wildlife Photojournalist Story' award
It is awarded to Paul Hilton. This photojournalist wants to denounce the exploitation of animals through this shot taken in a market in Bali. This little pig-tailed macaque is waiting to be sold, to a private individual, to a zoo or even to a laboratory.
Eleonora’s Gift for the 'Rising Star Portfolio' award
It is awarded to Alberto Fantoni. The Italian succeeds the French Jérémie Villet at the top of the podium for this prestigious title. His portfolio was enriched during a day on a cliff on the island of San Pietro in Sardinia, which won over the jury.
Bushfire for the 'People’s Choice' special award.
It is awarded to Robert Irwin. It is perhaps one of the most prestigious awards won by the son of Steve Irwin, an animal-loving star in Australia known as 'the crocodile hunter.' This young photographer is also passionate about biodiversity and took this photo with a drone in the north of the country, when a fire seemed to cut a forest in two.