A leopard seal catches her lunch: The World Nature Photography Award winners
The winners of the 2021 World Nature Photography Awards have just been announced.
The World Nature Photography Awards have announced their winners from a pool of entries that were received from all corners of the globe.
The top award went to Amos Nachoum from the United States for his image of a leopard seal about to capture a defenceless Gentoo penguin. Nachoum waited patiently for hours on the remote island of Plano, off the Antarctic Peninsula, for the right moment at low tide, when the seals stealthily enter a lagoon and search for their prey.
Adrian Dinsdale, co-founder of the WNPAs, said: “As always, it’s such a thrill to see the amazing calibre of entries into the awards. Seeing these images cannot fail to motivate one to do everything to protect this fragile planet of ours. We offer our heartfelt congratulations to all the winners.”
The World Nature Photography Awards were founded in the belief that we can all make small efforts to shape the future of our planet in a positive way and that photography can influence people to see the world from a different perspective and change their own habits for the good of the planet.
Grand prize winner - Leopard seal and gentoo penguin
Amphibians and reptiles category winner - Pacific tree frog
Nature art bronze winner - Lettuce Coral
Animal portrait category winner - Long-tailed macaques
Black and white category winner - Arctic fox in Iceland
Animals in their habitat category winner - Bornean Orangutan
Behaviour Invertebrates category winner - Ants crossing
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People and nature category winner - Ice cave
Amphibians and reptiles silver prize - American crocodile
Plants and fungi category winner - The abandoned
Urban wildlife category winner - NYC humpback
Landscape and environments category winner - South Island New Zealand
Nature art category winner - Tuscan landscape
Invertebrates category bronze winner - Green huntsman spider
This final image is not for the squeamish
Bird behaviour category winner - Wildebeest feast
James Cutmore is the picture editor of BBC Science Focus Magazine, researching striking images for the magazine and on the website. He is also has a passion for taking his own photographs