15 Spellbinding Photos from Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019
11“Snow-Plateau Nomads” By Shangzhen Fan, China, Animals in Their Environment, Winner 2019
Here is another winning photograph of a herd of male chirus making its way to the warm area of the Kumukuli Desert. The antelopes are nimble and are specialists in high altitude travelling and found only on the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau. The photographer had been following them for years for a good shot.
12The Equal Match” By Ingo Arndt, Germany, Behavior: Mammals, Joint Winner 2019
Here is another capture of drama unfolding in the wild with a puma attacking a guanaco who is terrified. This photo is actually the results of months of work tracking wild pumas and bearing up extreme cold. It was a four-hour-long struggle but the guanaco finally escaping. Guanacos are plenty in Patagonia and common prey of pumas.
13“Night Glow” By Cruz Erdmann, New Zealand, 11-14 Years Old, Grand Title Winner
This photograph was taken when the photographer was enjoying a night dive with his father. He spotted the pair of big fin reef squid in the shallow water and quickly adjusted his camera to take the shot. He shot four frames before the squid disappeared. Big Reef Squid keep changing their body color and pattern using their reflective and pigmented skin cells; this makes them masters of camouflage.
14“Humming Surprise” By Thomas Easterbrook, UK, 10 Years and Under, Winner 2019
Here is another winner and a photograph of a hummingbird hawkmoth as it hovered over salvia flowers drinking its nectar using its long proboscis. It was a challenging photo but the way the stillness of the moth’s body has been captured is spectacular.
15“Tapestry of Life” By Zorica Kovacevic, Serbia/USA, Plants and Fungi, Winner 2019
This is one awesome photograph of a Monterey cypress tree with its arms twisting to create a surreal canopy festooned with orange and velvet. Zorica experiments for days till she finally got the perfect shot by focus stacking 22 images merging the sharp features in each photo to reveal the maze in stunning color.