Rarest creatures on Earth captured in Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards

  • Rarest creatures on Earth captured in Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards

Rarest creatures on Earth captured in Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards

Rosamond Kidman Cox, chairman of the judging panel, said of the overall winning film, The Warmth: 'This is no other scene.

The virtual awards ceremony of the Natural History Museum's the 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year was held at London on Oct 13.

The female tiger is seen embracing a tree, rubbing herself up against the bark to leave her scent and mark territory in Leopard National Park.

Russian photographer Sergei Gorshkov won 49,000 entries from around the world and won the first prize in the prestigious competition, which took more than 11 months to capture with cameras hidden with the image.

In the photo, the endangered tiger stands on its hind legs with its front legs wrapped around a Manchurian fir tree.

The Siberian tiger, also known as the Amur tiger, is a subspecies of the big cat that can be found in the Russian Far East, northeastern China and potentially into North Korea. In 1947, Russian Federation became the first country to give the tigers legal protection.

Dr. Tim Littlewood, director of science at the Museum of Natural History and a member of the judging panel, said: 'The Amur people who were hunted on the brink of extinction in the last century are still threatened by poaching and looting.

"I'm here because tomorrow night I'm announcing the 56th Wildlife Photographer of the Year".

All the more extraordinary is that this is a camera-trap image.

The comeback cat faced some pretty darn cute competition from other creatures caught in a moment of serenity. Heikkinen won the award for her photo of a snarling young red fox as it tries to keep the remains of a barnacle goose for itself. Replace the feathers with toilet paper, and you've got a meme for the early days of pandemic shopping.

"It is so wonderful to be back at the reopened Natural History Museum where we can all enjoy its treasures once again", she said in a video on her official Instagram account on the eve of the event. Since then, he has founded the Russian Union of Wildlife Photographers, and has won national and global awards.