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It was Uge's first trip to Africa. Settled beside a waterhole in Namibia's Etosha National Park, with a wealth of wildlife coming to drink close to where he was parked, it took him a while to decide what to work on. 'Finally,' he says, 'I released the frustrated painter in me' and concentrated on creating an impressionistic picture.
Deciding on the structure of the composition, he waited many hours for a combination of animals that worked (finally, the galloping zebra, though there is also an oryx in front). 'The challenge', he explains, 'was making an elephant a foreground frame to a moving background,' as was getting the light exactly right without burning out the image. He took hundreds of pictures and, after eight hours of trying, he finally achieved satisfaction.
Image: Impression of Africa by #WPYalumni Uge Fuertes Sanz, Spain. Commended 2013, Creative Visions.
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Today's #ThrowbackThursday is this serene image by #WPYalumni Todd Pusser.
Todd had travelled to the Bahamas to photograph a well-studied population of wild Atlantic spotted dolphins. On this particular day, the ocean stretched out so smoothly you could even appreciate the curve of the Earth's horizon.
Image: Dolphin seascape by Todd Pusser. Highly commended 2005, Animals in their Environment.
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An infestation of bark beetles destroyed vast areas of managed spruce forest in the Bavarian Forest Biosphere Reserve in 1990. The authorities decided to stop logging, and let nature take charge, leaving infested trees standing. By the time Ingo took this image nearly a quarter of a century later, the forest had begun to rejuvenate.
Now it has an abundance of species, including rowan and spruce of varying ages, and a carpet of reed grass, ensuring it is far more likely to survive future beetle infestations. Ingo climbed the slopes of Mt Lusen on the German-Czech Republic border, to take a picture looking down on the trees. He chose a rainy day in autumn as ‘the colours come out more brilliantly if everything is wet’. Ingo loves the remoteness of the area and considers the regrowth of ‘new life from dead matter one of the most amazing natural spectacles in the world’. Image: The resurrected forest by Ingo Zahlheimer, Germany. Finalist 2014, 15-17 Years.

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On the nest, great northern divers can be nervous, so Connor waded into the lake closer every day, increasing this female’s trust. On one visit she even laid a second egg. ‘I spent a few days waiting for the right light and earning more trust.’
Connor wanted to capture the intimacy of the nest in the lake setting, so used a wide-angle, with his camera (camouflaged) on remote. ‘It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the best I’ve ever had.’
Image: Evening peace by #WPYalumni @connorstefanison. Winner 2013, Eric Hosking Portfolio Award.
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In honour of #SharkAwarenessDay, we're revisiting this powerful image by #WPYalumni Brian Skerry. Brian is a photojournalist specialising in marine wildlife and underwater environments.
Each year more than 100 million sharks are killed worldwide, threatening the survival of most species. The slaughter is in part driven by the high price paid for shark fins on the Asian market. Brian went to Baja California, Mexico, specifically to document the killing. This female mako shark was pregnant with nearly full-term pups. 'I was concentrating on composing the frame to show the finning of this beautiful fish, with the fisherman sharpening his knife in the background,' says Brian. 'It was only afterwards that I noticed the poignant "tear of blood".' Image: Tears of blood by @brianskerry USA.
Highly commended 2010, One Earth Award.
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Harvest time at Owen’s grandparents’ farm draws in the birds of prey to feed on the fleeing small mammals, and it also attracts Owen, with his camera at the ready. ‘Seeing this red kite with an aeroplane in the distance was a moment I couldn’t miss,’ says Owen.

The shot is symbolic for him for two reasons. It was taken at the centre of the Bedfordshire site chosen for London’s third airport back in the late 1960s. ‘Opposition to the planned airport stopped it going ahead, which is why I can photograph the wildlife on the farm today.’ At the same time, British red kites also faced extinction following centuries of persecution. But following reintroductions, numbers have increased dramatically, spreading east from the Chilterns.
Are you a young photographer with an eye for an unusual picture? The next competition opens for entries on 22 October and we’d love to see your work! Keep an eye on our feeds for tips and competition updates.
Image: Flight paths by Owen Hearn, UK.
Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012, Grand title winner.
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Ready to make an impression? The 2019 competition opens on 22 October 2018 and we want to see the natural world through your lens. Now is the time to start thinking about the images you want to submit, and the wild creatures and places you want to share with the world.

#WPYalumni Jordi is fascinated by crocodiles, 'with their bizarre beauty' and the fact that they have outlived the dinosaurs. He was diving at Jardines de la Reina, an archipelago off southern Cuba, when he encountered this juvenile.

Image: The shy crocodile by Jordi Chias Pujol, Spain.

Specially commended 2013, Underwater Worlds.

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As the Sun slid towards the horizon, the soft afternoon light transformed Kenya’s Lake Nakuru National Park into an enchanted woodland. The fever trees were a good enough subject by themselves, but David was ‘thrilled to encounter this leopard resting so magnificently on one of the boughs’. He removed the teleconverter on his lens to get a wider view of the scene.
The leopard was relaxed, repositioning itself every now and then, but David wanted a pose that was a little more special. Aware that the dappled light was fading fast, he waited. When the leopard yawned, he took the shot and captured ‘the animal laid out perfectly on the branch’. To make it truly special, he stitched together two images, the second featuring the woodland now bathed in the sun’s last rays – so ‘recreating the magical scene’ as he would remember it.
Image: The enchanted woodland by @davidlloyd, New Zealand/ United Kingdom. Finalist 2014, Mammals.
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Last year, Louis and his family went on holiday to India with an Indian friend, who took them to lots of nature reserves. 'One morning we went for a visit at sunrise', says Louis, 'to Keoladeo National Park', in Bharatpur. 'There were many peacocks still asleep in the trees. When they woke up, they would fly away' to forage. 'I took my picture just before this peacock left his tree. I really liked the silhouette of the peacock and the tree, also the special light.' It wasn't until Louis looked at the picture later that he saw the second silhouette - as distinctive as the peacock's - a bee-eater.

Image: Peacock at sunrise by #WPYalumni Louis Pattyn, Belgium.
Winner 2013, 10 Years and Under.
The 2019 competition opens for entries on 22 October 2018 and it's free to enter for photographers aged 17 and under. Please spread the word and help us to support the wildlife photographers of the future.
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In this image by #WPY53 grand title winner @brentstirton, Maasai Lion Guardians are tracking radio-collared lions. Traditional spearing by Maasai warriors, often in retaliation for cattle killings, is the greatest threat to the survival of lions in southern Kenya.

The Lion Guardians conservation programme recruits Maasai men, many former lion‑killers, to track the lions, collect DNA samples, and produce identity cards for them. This confers a sense of ownership and pride among the men, forming a vanguard to prevent other Maasai from hunting lions.

The lives of lions are now inextricably linked to those of humans. Brent’s #WPY50 portfolio highlights some of the ways in which humans regard lions and utilize them. See more images and other photo stories at www.wildlifephotographeroftheyear.com.

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Today's image takes us to Pantanal, Brazil, where #WPYalumni Theo Allofs captured this memorable portrait of a giant river otter.
After a few weeks following a giant river otter family, Theo gradually won their trust. The otters teased him by popping their heads out of the water close to his boat, looking at him for a second or two, and then diving down again before he could get a chance to aim his camera.
Finally, he saw an otter swim towards him and then dive. He guessed where it would surface and pointed the camera. Into the viewfinder appeared this head, a small catfish dangling from the corner of its mouth.
Image by @theo_allofs_photography.
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Snowy owls had overwintered farther south than usual, including in a salt marsh near #WPYalumni Connor Stefanison’s home. For a week, he got up at dawn, experimenting with settings to create an impression of the owls’ ghostly flight as they searched for food. ‘I was disappointed that I didn’t capture the owl head on,’ he says, ‘until it occurred to me that this shot of it disappearing into the gloom might capture a far more atmospheric impression.’ Image: Silent flight by #WPYalumni @connorstefanison. Winner 2013, Eric Hosking Portfolio Award
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