Wildlife Photography contest winners 2016
The annual international photo competition Wildlife Photographer of the Year brings up the results. Winners will be announced on the 18th of October but in the meantime, we would like to introduce the wonderful works of our winners. Among the best pictures showing wildlife are the nosy fox, hungry hornbill and faerie winged insects.
Playing with Pangolin - Lance van de Viver (New Zealand / South Africa)
Lance was tracking pride for a couple of hours before the animals stopped to drink, but the thirst was not their concern. Lions in South African private reserve called Tswalu Kalahari have found pangolins. These nocturnal lizard creatures that eat ants have a protective horny-like scale coating. Feeling threatened, they curl up in an invulnerable ball.
Endangered fish - Iago Leonardo (Spain)
There is nowhere to hide in the open ocean. But these fish with a steep head shape, low-set mouth and big eyes are the real masters of disguise. Recent studies have shown that they use special platelets in the skin cells to reflect polarized light (light, moving in the same flatness), becoming almost invisible to predators and potential prey.
Nose neighbor – Sam Hobson (the UK)
When installing the camera on a wall on a summer evening, Sam knew exactly whom to expect on the streets of Bristol, the city known for its foxes. He wanted to capture the inquisitive nature of urban fox, aiming to excite the curiosity of a person to the surrounding wildlife.
Sharing the catch – Audun Rickards (Norway)
Sometimes fishing boats hunt down the killer whales and humpbacks, hoping to reach the shoals of herring, which migrate in Norwegian waters of the Arctic. But last winter, the whales began to follow the boats. The picture shows a large male killer whale trying feed herring that was falling out of the tightened fishing net. It recognizes the type of boat by the characteristic sound.
Blast Furnace - Alexander Hess (France)
An exciting spectacle when the ocean pours lava flow from Kilauea volcano on the Hawaii Island. The volcano name, translated from Hawaiian means "spewing, heavily spread". Kilauea continuously erupts since 1983 and it is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
Thistle - Isaac Aylward (UK)
Isaac took this shot in an alpine meadow, focusing on a linnet with red plumage on a blurred background with purple cornflowers. He resolutely followed the bird, which he managed to spot when he was walking in the Rila Mountains, Bulgaria and caught the moment when linnet perched on a flower of a thistle and started taking the seeds out of it.
Golden relics - Dhyey Shah (India)
Golden languors are endangered. They are found in the forests of northeastern India (Assam) and Bhutan. There are at least 2,500 species of this monkey family representatives in the wildlife. They live high in the trees and it is so difficult to watch them.
Swarming under the stars - Potio Imre (Hungary)
Imre was so fascinated by mayflies, chaotically swarming in the Hungarian Raba River, and he wanted to take a picture of this view under the starry sky. Every year a huge number of these winged insects fly out of the tributaries of the Danube, where their larvae have developed for a couple of days. You can see them after sunset and at first they keep closer to the water, but soon after mating the females they fly up in the sky.
Crystal accuracy - Mario Cea (Spain)
In the evening following the sunset, about 30 common bats fly out of an abandoned house in Salamanca, Spain, to go for a hunt. Each of these bats eats up to 3000 insects overnight. They fly fast maneuvering, catching echolocation signals to detect objects in darkness.
Catching termites - Willem Kruger (South Africa)
Having a massive long beak the hornbill snatches termites in the air and swallows them. Yellow-beaked predator got so fascinated having a snack on the trail in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, that she did not mind approaching six meters towards the photographer, watching it out of his vehicle.
Group love-making - Scott Portelli (Australia)
Thousands of giant cuttlefish gather every winter in the shallow waters of Spencer Gulf, in South Australia coasts, for a single marriage period. Males compete for the territory where to lay their eggs, and then compete for female attraction, bewitching them by changing colors. The rivalry among the world's largest cuttlefish quite rigid, as the ratio of the number of males to females is about 11 to one.