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WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear  Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the longest-running and most prestigious nature photography competition in the world. See the #WPY53 exhibition.

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It was a long, steep scramble in the dark to catch the blue light before sunrise. To get both the limpets and distant rocks in focus and correctly exposed, Theo merged 21 images. A small flashlight masked with a handkerchief gave a radiant touch to the limpets against the jagged rocks behind. A dramatic backdrop for a familiar subject.
The conical forms of the limpets mirror the tiny barnacles surrounding them and the folded rocks behind. A muscular foot clamps each limpet to the rock and stops it drying out at low tide. Once the sea returns, they move around scraping algae off the rocks with teeth made of a mineral–protein composite – the strongest natural material ever found.
Image: Limpet exposure
by Theo Bosboom, The Netherlands. Finalist 2017, Animals in their Environment.
Discover more about the wonders of the natural world in our exhibition, open at the @natural_history_museum until 28 May.
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From late October to early January, clouds of male winter moths search for the scent of the wingless females. Each female can lay 350 eggs that hatch in spring to take advantage of the first flush of green leaves. This early rush of life is a feast for blue tits, which feed their young on the succulent green caterpillars.
Hunting for moths with a torch, ‘I was soon covered in them’, says Imre. He used an in-camera double exposure, lighting the moth with multiple bursts from a stroboscopic flash and firing the shutter again with the focus on the stars. It took many attempts to create this image, revealing the moth’s night-time pursuits.
Image: Wings of winter by Imre Potyó, Hungary.
Finalist 2017, Behaviour: Invertebrates.
See Imre's beautiful shot in the #WPY53 exhibition at the @natural_history_museum, London, open until 28 May.
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For this shot, Thomas had to lean a ladder against his assistant, who was all that stood between him and a tumble down the mountainside. His faith, however, was rewarded when at the top of his rickety platform he caught sight of these magnificent pitcher plants – the only ones to grow in the Seychelles.
Nepenthes are carnivorous plants that lure their victims to their death with their colourful pitchers and sweet scents. Once they land, the insects soon lose their grip on the pitcher’s inner wall and slip and slide their way to the liquid below, where they are slowly digested by the fluid’s enzymes.
Image: Goblets of desire by @thomaspeschak, Germany/South Africa.
Winner 2017, The Wildlife Photographer Portfolio Award.
Image from the awarded portfolio, 'Realm of the Seychelles.'
Discover the full portfolio in the #WPY53 at the @natural_history_museum, open until 28 May. For tickets and info, visit the link in our bio.

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Varanasi in northern India is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities. Over hundreds of years, rhesus macaques have adapted to living alongside the people there, even inhabiting temples, where locals feed them as a form of worship. To show the remarkable way that people and monkeys co-exist, Marcos chose a rooftop view so he could look down on a scene. 'I waited for more than an hour at this spot,' Marcos says, 'holding heavy camera gear, being bitten to bits by mosquitoes', while monkeys hung around eyeing his equipment and the light faded.' At last the scene he was hoping for unfolded. The moment he saw the mother, top right, lifting her baby while a pair of monkeys tended their infant close by, he knew he had the shot.

Image: Primate moments by #WPYalumni Marcos Sobral, Portugal.
Commended 2013, Urban Wildlife.
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Known as ‘the pangolin men’ this group devotes their time to the world’s most trafficked mammal by offering them one-on-one, 24 hour care.

These pangolins are some of the lucky ones. In spite of a global ban on their trade, pangolins continue to be the most trafficked mammal in the world, sold for their meat and scales.
Footage and images: #WPY53 finalist @adriansteirn.
See Adrian’s awarded image from this story at the @natural_history_museum, London until 28 May.

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For #WorldPangolinDay we’re showcasing the work of #WPY53 finalist @adriansteirn which tells the story of conservationists working to aid the recovery of pangolins rescued from poachers in Zimbabwe.
Poachers kill hundreds of thousands of pangolins each year, largely because the hard scales covering their bodies are thought to be medicinal in some communities. Despite international laws protecting the pangolin, the killing continues.
We’ll be sharing more footage and images from this story later today in honour of this threatened and often overlooked species.

You can see Adrian’s awarded image from this project in the #WPY53 exhibition, open at the @natural_history_museum, London until 28 May 2018.

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This pangolin’s minder was cautious about Adrian’s presence. His charge was shy and it had taken him many moments of patience and round-the-clock care to gain its trust. Respecting this bond and the pangolin’s rehabilitation, Adrian worked carefully to create this intimate and compelling portrait.
Recovering after its confiscation from poachers, this pangolin is one of the lucky ones. In spite of a global ban on their trade, pangolins continue to be the most trafficked mammal in the world, sold for their meat and scales. As with any conservation story, the situation is highly complex, with embedded cultural beliefs fuelling the black market.
Look out for more pangolin content tomorrow, which we'll be sharing in honour of #WorldPangolinDay.
Image: Saved by compassion by Adrian Steirn, Australia.
Finalist 2017, The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image
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An other-worldly image for #ValentinesDay. Russian photographer Andrew Narchuk is a first-time WPY finalist with this image. A passionate underwater photographer, Andrey says his heart 'belongs to the ocean.'
Andrey Narchuk was meant to be filming salmon when he found himself surrounded by mating sea angels. He knew this was a rare opportunity, so he grabbed his macro equipment as quickly as he could and managed to capture this little known and rarely photographed spectacle.
See this stunning shot in the #WPY53 exhibition at the @natural_history_museum, London, open until 28 May.
Image: Romance among the angels by Andrey Narchuk, Russia. Finalist 2017, Behaviour: Invertebrates.
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Jo-Anne McArthur reacts to winning the #WPYPeoplesChoice Award.
Jo-Anne's heart-warming image 'Pikin and Appolinaire' will be showcased in our exhibition at the @natural_history_museum until it closes on 28 May. For tickets visit the link in our bio.
Image and footage by Jo-Anne McArthur / @weanimals
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We're delighted to announce the WINNER of the #WPYPeoplesChoice Award is Jo-Anne McArthur with her heart-warming image Pikin and Appolinaire. Thank you to everyone who voted, and congratulations, Jo-Anne!
Jo-Anne's intimate photograph of a lowland gorilla and one of her rescuers depicts conservation in action and highlights our connection with our fellow apes. Pikin, the lowland gorilla, had been captured and removed from her habitat to be sold for bushmeat, but was rescued by Ape Action Africa.
Jo-Anne took her shot as Pikin was being moved from one enclosure to another. The gorilla awoke from sedation during the transfer but remained calm for the bumpy drive, resting drowsily in the arms of her human companion, Appolinaire.
Jo-Anne’s image will be showcased in the #WPY53 exhibition at the @natural_history_museum until it closes on 28 May. For exhibition info visit the link in our bio.
Image by Jo-Anne McArthur/ @weanimals
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Set against the backdrop of the snowy landscape, the blue light of the Arctic winter created a hypnotic atmosphere. Viewing the scene, Reiner raised his camera hoping to capture ‘calmness with an endless view’. Using the ship’s smooth wave to frame his shot he found his scene, the icy water rippling like folds of satin.
Svalbard has two winter seasons, dark and light. From November to February, darkness prevails, periodically bathing the landscape in a blue glow, an effect created when residual light reflects off the sea and snow. From March to May, the sun begins to return, gently warming the white winter landscape.

Image: Arctic blues by Reiner Leifried, Germany. Finalist 2017, Earth’s Environments. Reiner’s image is beautifully backlit in the #WPY53 exhibition at the @natural_history_museum, London. For more info and tickets, visit the link in our bio.
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The sandbar sharks circled far below Santosh, slipping in and out of the dark like ghostly apparitions. Inherently cautious, only a few brave individuals rose to check him out. During those moments he felt ‘not terror, but admiration’, he says. ‘I was just a visitor in their watery ‘ohana (family) and they graciously let me stay.’ These sandbar sharks are all male and have probably come together to feed or spawn. A school of females may join them later in the season, but in the meantime, they must establish a hierarchy. Sizing each other up, the dominant sharks attempt to secure the better spots nearer the surface.

Image: A whorl of sharks by Santosh Shanmuga, USA.
Finalist 2017, Black and White.
See this image and other stunning black and white shots in the #WPY53 exhibition at the @natural_history_museum, London, open until 28 May.
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