15 Highly Commended Photos From Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2023

15 Highly Commended Photos From Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2023

The Natural History Museum (NHM) is offering a sneak peek at some of the most captivating images submitted for its 59th annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

Out of the staggering 49,957 entries from 95 different countries, the top 100 photos will be showcased in an upcoming London exhibition on October 13, where category winners and the prestigious Grand Title and Young Grand Title Awards will be revealed. In the meantime, the NHM is shedding light on a selection of exceptional images that have caught our attention.

Among this preview set, you’ll encounter a striking image of a macaque leaping onto a deer, masterfully captured by Atsuyuki Ohshima. Donglin Zhou takes us into the gripping world of a snow leopard hunting a Pallas’s cat, while Michał Siarek documents the intense moment when a team cautiously opens a crate to inspect a tiger cub evacuated from Ukraine. Jasper Doest shares a heart-wrenching narrative of an elephant tragically struck by a train in Gabon. Stay tuned for more extraordinary photographs yet to come.

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#1 Snow bison by Max Waugh, USA | Highly commended, Animal Portraits

#2 Coot on ice by Zhai Zeyu, China | Highly commended, 10 Years and Under

#3 Mason bee at work by Solvin Zankl, Germany | Highly commended, Behaviour: Invertebrates

#4 The catwalk by Shashwat Harish, Kenya | Highly commended, 11-14 Years

#5 The face of the persecuted by Neil Aldridge, South Africa | Highly commended, Photojournalism

#6 War cub by Michał Siarek, Poland | Highly commended, Photojournalism

#7 Prize catch by Jef Pattyn, Belgium/the Netherlands | Highly commended, Oceans: The Bigger Picture

#8 Fight to the death by Jasper Doest, the Netherlands | Highly commended, Photojournalism

#9 Firebirds by Elza Friedländer, Germany | Highly commended, Behaviour: Birds

#10 Race for life by Donglin Zhou, China | Highly commended, Behaviour: Mammals

#11 Possum’s midnight snack by Caitlin Henderson, Australia | Highly commended, Urban Wildlife

#12 The vanishing seal by Bruno D’Amicis, Italy | Highly commended, Natural Artistry

#13 Forest rodeo by Atsuyuki Ohshima, Japan | Highly commended, Behaviour: Mammals

#14 Coral connections by Alex Mustard, UK | Highly commended, Under Water

#15 Mushroom magic by Agorastos Papatsanis, Greece | Highly commended, Plants and Fungi

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