The Natural History Museum(NHM) has announced the 2014 edition wildlife Photographer Awards in October, 2014. The awards are given to the best entries among the 12 categories for two age groups from 2010. Three more awards has been introduced from this year. The new categories for this year are WPY Portfolio for adults, TMElapse and People’s Choice. The grand title for the best photography in the adult section was won by Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols, USA and the grand title winner for Young Awards for the best young photographer went to .

The jury found the winning images reveal the abundance, beauty, resilience and vulnerability of life on Earth. This year’s award nite was a grand event with the presence of Duchess of Cambridge, Kate middleton as the chief guest. Let us have a look at the award winning pictures. Image courtesy: Respective photographers & natural History Museum.

ADULT AWARDS

1. Mammals

The mouse, the moon and the mosquito

The mouse, the moon and the mosquito

A giant puffball mushroom starting to inflate. Squirrels, chipmunks and mice began exploring. Photographer Alexander Badyaev, Russia/USA.

2. Birds
Herons in time and space

strokes in water

Grey Heron. Photographer Bence Máté, Hungary.
The winner in adult category among the section ‘Birds’

3. Amphibians and Reptiles
Divine snake

green wine snake

One of the extincting species of snakes; Green wine snake. Photographer Raviprakash S S, India

4. Invertebrates
Night of the deadly lights

termite mounds

Sparkling termite mounds of Brazil.Photographer Ary Bassous, Brazil.

5. Plants and Fungi
Glimpse of the underworld

Water lilies

Water lilies stretch up to the light through a layer of green mist in the Aktun Ha cenote, a huge sinkhole on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Christian Vizl, Mexico

6. Underwater Species
Passing giants

sharks closeup

Sharks coming near fishing nets to eat fish. Photographer Indra Swari Wonowidjojo, Indonesia

7. Earth’s Environments
Apocalypse

lightning

Volcanic lightning Photographer Francisco Negroni, Chile

8. Black and White
The last great picture
***Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014***
Grand title winner

lions sleeping

Photographer Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols, USA

9. Natural Design
Cardinal sparks

cardinal fish

beautiful Banggai cardinalfish, which are found only in the waters off Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographer Patrik Bartuska, Czech Republic. The winner in adult category among the section ‘Natural Design’

10. World in Our Hands
The price they pay

baby fox

a teenager selling a three-month-old fennec fox in a village in southern Tunisia. Bruno D’Amicis, Italy

11. Special Award: Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year
What future for lions?

bathing in river

Photographer Brent Stirton, South Africa

guarding lions

Guards tracking radio-collared lions. Photographer Brent Stirton, South Africa

hunters aiming

Hunters aiming to kill. Photographer Brent Stirton, South Africa

lions killed

Killed lions. Photographer Brent Stirton, South Africa

hunter aiming at prey

An American trophy hunter takes aim with a bow at a canned lioness on this game farm while professional guides stand ready with guns in case things go wrong. Photographer Brent Stirton, South Africa

monkey with iphone

tech-savvy Japanese Macaques at Jigokudani Monkey Park, Japan. Photographer Marsel van Oosten, The Netherlands. The winner in adult category among the new section ‘People’s Choice’

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