For 57 years, the Natural History Museum in London has held a Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, showcasing the best wildlife photography from all across the world
Although the photographers’ technical skills are clear, Mashable reports that the collection of photographs can be tough, disconcerting and often disturbing to look at, to be honest. Despite this, they are always hauntingly gorgeous.
There were more than 50,000 entries from 95 nations in this year’s competition This year’s overall winner will be announced on October 12 and the Natural History Museum’s annual show of images will debut on October 15th
In addition to the blood-spattered lioness, there is also a gecko fighting for its life in the clutches of the snake, and a slick of dead and dying herrings.
For its Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, Natural History Museum has released a selection of photographs that portray a “planet under siege.”
There is a portrait by UK entrant Lara Jackson, entitled Raw Moment, which shows a staring lioness in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park after devouring a wildebeest.
This year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition attracted more than 50,000 entries from photographers in 95 countries.
Chairwoman of the judging panel, Roz Kidman Cox, said that the “thought-provoking images” remind us to enjoy nature “in these dark times”.
She said: “It was the overall quality of entries that took us by surprise. With most travel plans cancelled over the past year, photographers seem to have spent extra time considering what gems to submit.
“The result is a collection of both thought-provoking images and ones that, in these dark times, remind us of the joy and wonder to be had from nature.”
“Telling the story of a planet under pressure, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition illuminates the urgent challenges we face and the collective action we need to take. This year’s inspiring exhibition will move and empower audiences to advocate for the natural world.”
The overall winners, including the Grand Title winner, will be announced on Tuesday 12 October via a virtual awards ceremony livestream. The exhibition of the 100 award-winning images will open at the Natural History Museum, London, on Friday 15 October, before beginning its international tour.