The prizes for the 56th edition of Wildlife Photographer Of The Year, the world’s most prestigious nature photography competition, will be announced on Wednesday.
The results of the 56th edition of Wildlife Photographer Of The Year, the world’s most prestigious nature photography competition, will be announced this Wednesday morning. Here is a preview of the winner and our three favorites.
Pure pleasure. This tigress who rubs her cheek against the bark of a Manchurian fir is now a star. Her photo, titled “The Embrace” which we present to you exclusively, is the big winner of the 56th Wildlife Prize, organized by the Natural History Museum in London. The photo, signed by Russian Sergey Gorshkov, is the result of a sacred dose of patience, as is often the case in the art of animal photography. Sergey Groshkov set up a photo trap in January 2019 in front of this large tree. After scouring the forest to find traces, he hoped that a Siberian tiger would stick there to leave the markings of its scent glands. Problem, in the Leopard National Park, in the far east of Russia, prey is scarce and the hunting grounds huge for the approximately 500 to 600 felines that live there.
Nothing to do with the Siberian tigress who gives off so much power. Frenchman Frank Deschandol, winner in the “Behavior: invertebrates” category, has captured much smaller specimens in full frame, two different species of wasps. A cuckoo wasp and a sand amphibian. The latter lays eggs which it supplies with caterpillars while the first, a real parasite, has only one idea in mind: to become embedded in its burrow to lay there in turn. Its own larvae then have a feast all found with the offspring of the marram grass. It was near his house in Normandy, in an industrial wasteland, that Frank Deschandol spotted his two models while they were on the way to their common … nest, to the great misfortune of the marram grass.
Find the mistake
While all the selected photos immerse us in nature, it immediately arises as an intruder. A polar bear with an immaculate white coat looks good in front of a trainer in a skater costume. With her hand raised, she makes him dial a number. To prevent any danger, the wild animal has its mouth muzzled by wire netting. A « shocking » image, can we read in the commentary of Wildlife. Awarded in the category « photojournalist of nature », it is carried out by the American Kirsten Luce in a Russian circus which stopped in Kazan, in Tartarstan (Russia). We learn that it is in fact a wild bear captured at the age of 2, still at work 18 years later when this picture was taken. The photo echoes French news as the government just announced the end of the exploitation of wild animals in traveling circuses .
A nose, a cape, a peninsula
Mogens Tolle has been photographing primates for five years. This Dane is rewarded for his incredible portrait of nasic made in Borneo. The eyelids – blue – closed, the young male with auburn fur seems in full meditation, indifferent to his long nose. This appendix, which would have made Cyrano de Bergerac pass for a small player, is his trademark. And what better than a profile pose to highlight it? Why is it so long and will it become even longer as it ages to the point of dangling? The appendix serves in particular as an amplifier when its owner cries, which is far from being the case when it is triggered. Nasics are so peaceful, even apathetic, that they are easily shunned. The species is therefore threatened, like many of those which are immortalized by wildlife photographers.
The tigress and the 99 other most beautiful photos presented this year at the competition can be found in the book « Wildlife Photographer of the year », available this Wednesday (Ed. Biotope, 34 euros)
With the Parisian