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.
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.
Herons in time and space
Grey Heron. Photographer Bence Máté, Hungary.
The winner in adult category among the section ‘Birds’
3. Amphibians and Reptiles
One of the extincting species of snakes; Green wine snake. Photographer Raviprakash S S, India
Night of the deadly lights
Sparkling termite mounds of Brazil.Photographer Ary Bassous, Brazil.
5. Plants and Fungi
Glimpse of the underworld
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
Sharks coming near fishing nets to eat fish. Photographer Indra Swari Wonowidjojo, Indonesia
7. Earth’s Environments
Volcanic lightning Photographer Francisco Negroni, Chile
8. Black and White
The last great picture
***Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014***
Grand title winner
Photographer Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols, USA
9. Natural Design
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
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?
Photographer Brent Stirton, South Africa
Guards tracking radio-collared lions. Photographer Brent Stirton, South Africa
Hunters aiming to kill. Photographer Brent Stirton, South Africa
Killed lions. Photographer Brent Stirton, South Africa
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
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’