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Award-winning wildlife photos capture candid moments

By dpreview staff on Nov 9, 2013 at 09:00 GMT
In photos: Where the wild things are
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In photos: Where the wild things are

'Sticky situation', Cousine, an island in the Seychelles (Isak Pretorius/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

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Total comments: 45
JackM
By JackM (3 months ago)

Ring ding ding a ding a ding ding!!

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DougSchuch
By DougSchuch (4 months ago)

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.

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ConanD
By ConanD (3 months ago)

I had assumed someone found a bloody camera on the ice with that picture on it. :)

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miki150
By miki150 (5 months ago)

I hope the owl didn't hit a tree after being blinded by the flash...

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DBlackwell
By DBlackwell (5 months ago)

Truly awesome!

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (5 months ago)

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.

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riknash
By riknash (5 months ago)

Be sure to click on the Natural History Museum link above to see some of the other images, equally moving and thought provoking.

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eyeport
By eyeport (5 months ago)

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

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Dkikac
By Dkikac (5 months ago)

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.

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mcshan
By mcshan (5 months ago)

I think the fox is the shot of the century. This century or any other.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (5 months ago)

"Wildlife Photos"

It certainly is a wild way of spending your life.

Waiting for that right moment.

Waiting.

Waiting...

Hmmm....

Maybe we can strap a dead rat beside this camera trigger for the owl to swoop on it... sure cuts the waiting time...

Say what?

"Eh, sure, why not?" Moe, the bartender.

.

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (5 months ago)

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.

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Rexgig0
By Rexgig0 (5 months ago)

Excellent images, all, but I, too, wonder about the monkey upon a man-made object being eligible for a "wildlife" photo contest.

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Jim Evidon
By Jim Evidon (5 months ago)

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.

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Omexis
By Omexis (5 months ago)

I never knew monkeys could fly on a mat in a snow storm

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ppage
By ppage (5 months ago)

That's not a snow storm, that's the Orion Nebula!

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mcshan
By mcshan (5 months ago)

Have you never seen The Wizard of Oz? Of course monkeys can fly.

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Albino_BlacMan
By Albino_BlacMan (5 months ago)

It's not a snowstorm. It was shot with a D600 so that's just sensor oil.

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audijam
By audijam (5 months ago)

awesome! my god....these guys are truly amazing!

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Karl Summers
By Karl Summers (5 months ago)

That's hardcore right there, pure dedication to the craft. Awesome images.

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Dennis
By Dennis (5 months ago)

Great photos. I admire the dedication of top wildlife photographers.

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dharma108
By dharma108 (5 months ago)

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.

Dharma

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TxCamFan
By TxCamFan (5 months ago)

All beautiful and amazing images. Well done, photographers!

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Alpha Whiskey Photography
By Alpha Whiskey Photography (5 months ago)

Puts my wildlife photos to shame :)

http://alphawhiskey.slickpic.com/a/Wildlife?squared

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ttbek
By ttbek (5 months ago)

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.

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (5 months ago)

Very nice!

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daddyo
By daddyo (5 months ago)

That last image looks like there are spot on the sensor -- not to mention the terrible high ISO noise! :-)

Thanks for sharing these -- excellent!

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mcshan
By mcshan (5 months ago)

Nice shot of the extremely rare blue elephant.

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Allen Yang
By Allen Yang (5 months ago)

That's not blue elephant.
Something wrong with the White Balance.

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Miwok
By Miwok (5 months ago)

Ghost elephant?

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (5 months ago)

All pink elephants turn blue when morning comes.

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Eskilsson
By Eskilsson (5 months ago)

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...

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joelR42
By joelR42 (5 months ago)

To be fair I think the photos say it all.

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (5 months ago)

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.

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InTheMist
By InTheMist (5 months ago)

Wow! Inspirational images, thanks for posting these.

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (5 months ago)

Love it!

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brettmeikle
By brettmeikle (5 months ago)

An article on photography? Good luck with that....

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WallaceB
By WallaceB (5 months ago)

I love it

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (5 months ago)

Fastastic pics, I concur.

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jacketpotato
By jacketpotato (5 months ago)

8 little crocs on mum made me laugh

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10kzoom
By 10kzoom (5 months ago)

I count 11 with one in the water (foreground) = 12.

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (5 months ago)

8 fanboys perched atop Mamanikon or Papacanon, the two senior river deities of ancient lore.

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JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (5 months ago)

Excellent pics! #5 my favourite.

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graham the red
By graham the red (5 months ago)

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.

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (5 months ago)

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.

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