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Photo Of Orangutan Captured At Dizzying Heights Wins Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2016

A photo of a critically endangered Bornean orangutan has taken the top accolade in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

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A young male orangutan makes the 30-metre (100-foot) climb up the thickest root of a strangler fig

Entwined lives, Tim Laman. USA, Winner, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016


After shortlisting entries back in the Summer, the winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition have now been revealed today at a ceremony at the Natural History Museum, London.

American photographer Tim Laman won Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 for his image 'Entwined lives' which shows an orangutan climbing a tree from above within a wide-angle perspective of the forest below. Tim spent three days rope-climbing the  30 metre  tall tree to set several GoPro cameras that he could trigger remotely to capture his award-winning shot which beat almost 50,000 entries from 95 countries to take the top title. 

Tim's image will be on show with 99 other shots selected by an international panel of judges at the fifty-second Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. It opens at the Natural History Museum on 21 October 2016 before touring across the UK and internationally to locations such as Spain, Canada, the USA, Germany and Macau. 

Sixteen-year-old Gideon Knight from the UK won the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year title for his image 'The moon and the crow'. Shot near his London home it shows the twigs of a sycamore tree silhouetted against the blue dusk sky and the full moon.


A crow in a tree in a park

The moon and the crow, Gideon Knight, UK, Winner, Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016


The two images were selected from 16 category winners, depicting nature at its finest, from displays of rarely seen animal behaviour to exotic landscapes. The competition is judged by a panel of industry-recognised professionals. Images from professional and amateur photographers are selected for their creativity, artistry and technical complexity.

The next Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, WPY53, is open for entries from 24 October to 15 December 2016. More of the winning entries can be viewed below. 


Bengal monitor lizard

Eviction attempt, Ganesh H Shankar, INDIA, Winner, Birds, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016


Hazel Tree

Wind composition, Valter Binotto, ITALY, Winner, Plants and Fungi, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016



Nayan Khanolkar, INDIA, Winner, Urban, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016



Mats Andersson, SWEDEN, Winner, Black and White, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016



Snapper party, Tony Wu, USA, Winner, Underwater, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016


Sand patterns

The sand canvas,Rudi Sebastian, GERMANY, Winner, Details, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016


Water Seal

Star player, Luis Javier Sandoval, MEXICO, Winner, Impressions, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016


4,000 defrosting pangolins

The pangolin pit, Paul Hilton, UK/AUSTRALIA, Winner, The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single image, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016


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