15 Spellbinding Photos from Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019
To be declared the Wildlife Photographer of the year by none other than the prestigious competition celebrating its 55th year is a grand achievement. The competition attracts naturalists, and photographers alike and every year there is n eager battle for fame and glory that results in some mesmerizing photographs. This year the winner was Yongqing Bao for an outstanding photograph of a spontaneous moment that had comical overtones to it. Check out 17 of the best wildlife photos of 2019 including winners of the competition
1“Cool Drink” By Diana Rebman, USA, Behavior: Birds, Highly Commended 2019
Diana Rebman braved temperatures of -20 degrees Celsius to get its beautifully choreographed shot of long tailed tits trying to peck at an icicle. However, she explained with her fingers freezing, it was very difficult to take the shot. Long tailed tits live across Europe and Asia. In winter they nibble on snow and ice for water.
2“Bee Line” By Frank Deschandol, France, Behavior: Invertebrates, Highly Commended 2019
Frank Deschandol was given a fantastic opportunity to shoot these solitary bees as they buzzed in the long grass and then gathered in the night for suitable resting places. The females had built their nests for resting nearby. Bees are cold-blooded and draw energy from the heat of the sun and rest at night.
3“Lucky Break” By Jason Bantle, Canada, Urban Wildlife, Highly Commended 2019
This was a golden opportunity for photographer Jason Bantle when a raccoon shyly poked her head out of an abandoned car she was residing in with her five cubs. The little hole in the glass was enough for her to spy ion predators and that’s when the photo was clicked. Raccoons prefer foraging for food at night.
4“Land of the Eagle” By Audun Rikardsen, Norway, Behavior: Birds, Winner 2019
Now this is a mesmerizing and spectacular photograph that was taken from a camera trap set up by photographer Audun Rikardsen. Believe it or not, it took him over a span of three years to get this photograph when he was able to capture the power of the eagle flying to land with its talons outstretched.
5“Portrait of a Mother” By Ingo Arndt, Germany, Animal Portraits, Highly Commended 2019
Being eye to eye with a puma is undoubtedly going to yield such dramatic and poised photograph. The photographer explained that tracking big cats involves lugging heavy gear over long distances in heat and cold. It seems they respected him enough to allow him such an intimate family portrait.