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First Glimpse At 2016 Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Images Captured By Finalists

11 images captured by the finalists from the 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition have been revealed.

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© Sam Hobson / Wildlife Photographer of the Year


A curious fox cub, hungry hornbill and inquisitive orca all play a starring role in images from the finalists of Wildlife Photographer of the Year’s fifty-second competition.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is a global platform for the world’s best nature photography, showcasing the planet’s most extraordinary and revelatory sights. This year’s competition was the most competitive to date - attracting almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries.


Whale and a boat

© Audun Rikardsen / Wildlife Photographer of the Year


Judged by a panel of international experts, winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence.

The world-renowned exhibition opens on 21 October at the Natural History Museum in London, which runs the annual competition. The exhibition will feature 100 images, revealing the astonishing diversity of life on our planet and highlighting our crucial role in protecting it. The images will also embark on an international tour spanning six continents.

Last year, amateur photographer Don Gutoski was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 by a panel of international judges for his image Tale of two foxes.


© Willem Kruger / Wildlife Photographer of the Year


© Alexandre Hec / Wildlife Photographer of the Year



© Dhyey Shah / Wildlife Photographer of the Year



© Iago Leonardo / Wildlife Photographer of the Year


© Imre Potyo / Wildlife Photographer of the Year



© Isaac Aylward / Wildlife Photographer of the Year



© Lance van de Vyver / Wildlife Photographer of the Year



© Mario Cea / Wildlife Photographer of the Year


© Scott Portelli / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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aardvark7 15 1
31 Aug 2016 2:57PM
Some fantastic shots that generate a whole mix of emotions in me.

Partly I think that some are way beyond the scope of most photographers, even if they had the same or greater talent, so I find them hard to judge without knowing the back story of what was involved to capture them. Did the photographer have an unlimited budget and was he employed to take just such shots, or was he on a shoestring, begged the opportunity and struggled for months in foul conditions?

Others are 'okay', but I wonder whether much of that reaction is that we see so many great shots that anything other then extraordinary barely raises an eyebrow.

Finally, given the 'wolf' shot from a few years ago, when you see something fantastic you can't help wonder if it hasn't been created, rather than brilliantly captured. Am I wrong to wonder about the bat through the glass?

My personal favourite is the juxtaposed schools of fish. If that's real then it is very special indeed.

As an aside, what animal is in the 'hot lava' shot? I'm scratching my head...

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