'Dive buddy', Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, near Cancún (Luis Javier Sandoval/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)
The Elephant Image was in the same contest as the bird caught in the web and the snowy gibbon, and I would like to know who judged them, because to me the elephant shot is 'meh'... the shot of the lion and vulture... GOOD GOD are they amazing
Ring ding ding a ding a ding ding!!
The polar bear image is amazing, unique.....and scary: The photographer standing on unstable ice while a large predator lurks just a few feet away,..... looking at the camera, or possibly thinking about having photographer for lunch.
I had assumed someone found a bloody camera on the ice with that picture on it. :)
I hope the owl didn't hit a tree after being blinded by the flash...
Most of the shots require a talent for prestidigitation that would surpass Houdini. How in blazes be in such-and-such a position at uncanny moments and capture any image at all, much less one that displays finesse on par with a studio portrait.
James Randi has debunked the paranormal, UFOlogy, and other assorter quackery. Photography is, almost by nature, an art of illusion. Perhaps the practitioners should be called illusionists, just like other conjurers of the impossible.
Anyway, my measly animal pictures are unlikely to win any attention whatsoever, unless they happen to depict the contest judges' pets.
Be sure to click on the Natural History Museum link above to see some of the other images, equally moving and thought provoking.
Some of the shots are amazing. The spider and bird shot really made me pause, wondering what would the fate of the trapped bird be over the next minute.
As for the owl shot, I always feel photographer has used some alluring techniques. :P
The picture of the submerged white bear is just awesome. I daresay It's the best photograph I have ever seen, It's a once in a century picture. Kudos to Paul Souders. I wonder how any other picture got any reward over this one.
I think the fox is the shot of the century. This century or any other.
It certainly is a wild way of spending your life.
Waiting for that right moment.
Maybe we can strap a dead rat beside this camera trigger for the owl to swoop on it... sure cuts the waiting time...
"Eh, sure, why not?" Moe, the bartender.
J'accuse: that owl picture certainly employed red-eye suppression!
How do you know the owl wasn't enticed by the camera and, after discovering the brand, decided it wasn't worth a hoot.
Excellent images, all, but I, too, wonder about the monkey upon a man-made object being eligible for a "wildlife" photo contest.
I was prepared to be amazed until i saw shot #3. I could be wrong, but I suspect the bird image was dragged into the spider web image. I feel the same about the owl shot. As for the blue elephant, all animals, even elephants are entitled to their moods.
I never knew monkeys could fly on a mat in a snow storm
That's not a snow storm, that's the Orion Nebula!
Have you never seen The Wizard of Oz? Of course monkeys can fly.
It's not a snowstorm. It was shot with a D600 so that's just sensor oil.
awesome! my god....these guys are truly amazing!
That's hardcore right there, pure dedication to the craft. Awesome images.
Great photos. I admire the dedication of top wildlife photographers.
Wonderful shots--Polar Bear shot is awesome. Thanks for posting. It's hard to imagine the time, patience and dedication needed to get shots like these. Kudos to all the photogs in this series.
All beautiful and amazing images. Well done, photographers!
Puts my wildlife photos to shame :)
I would actually disagree, especially your owl shot. I guess theirs may have been a tougher shot if they actually captured it in that light though. A lot of these shots just seem to be so overprocessed that it gives one pause, whereas your shots feel cleaner, maybe edited for contrast/WB/crop and that a bit, but nothing crazy like blue elephants. I feel I would have liked these images more even completely untouched than like this.
That last image looks like there are spot on the sensor -- not to mention the terrible high ISO noise! :-)
Thanks for sharing these -- excellent!
Nice shot of the extremely rare blue elephant.
That's not blue elephant. Something wrong with the White Balance.
All pink elephants turn blue when morning comes.
Top notch photos overall. Most repect to the photographers. Let`s see how many comments this will bring. Comments on "why GX7 only gets silver award" is now a couple of hundreds. Really hope this is bringing in more, so there will be some hope about that pictures are more important than gear...
To be fair I think the photos say it all.
Wrong. To comment on such photos is about as plausible as adult discussion about holy shrines, miracles, or the paranormal. One can politely venerate, or maybe envy, but only by standing a minimum distance from the altar or ceremonial stage. No polite coughs allowed. Amen.
Robot shots from Mars are also miraculous, in a way, but deal with stones, dunes, or ravines which don't defy the mind.
Comments about cameras, even if ill-informed or biased, at least deal with tangible objects any mortal with a little money can buy and test. The spectacular animal shots, on the other hand, boast attainments that vastly exceed what you or I will ever see or photograph in person. All required either exceptional amounts of travel, time, patience, and (here or their) dexterity with a mouse. Occasionally, by virtue of sheer number, amateur phone camera shots may also capture extraordinary natural events or animal behavior, but these will invariably cause gear hounds to howl.
Wow! Inspirational images, thanks for posting these.
An article on photography? Good luck with that....
I love it
Fastastic pics, I concur.
8 little crocs on mum made me laugh
I count 11 with one in the water (foreground) = 12.
8 fanboys perched atop Mamanikon or Papacanon, the two senior river deities of ancient lore.
Excellent pics! #5 my favourite.
Incredible pics, my favourite is the owl , so difficult to capture. There must be a fascinating programme waiting to be made on how some of these were captured. Love them all but don't personally see why the heffalumps was first. Matters not though.
Hmm. How about a Kick-Start venture called "Hooter," based on a gadget that lures night raptors to a camera. It could be assembled from an infra-red motion detector, camera flash trigger, and a pungent morsel of deceased rodent. Vulture capital would surely be available, provided it included a daytime mode too.