Every year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition gives us a glimpse at animals living across the planet in an entirely new way. These photographers know how to be in the right place at the right time. Now, we get to enjoy some of the best photos from 2020’s competition.
Ibex were hiding on the mountain
Sometimes, our favorite animals know how to hide better than we give them credit for. That was the case when Andrea Zampatti was traveling and spotted an ibex on the mountain. It wasn’t until he looked a little closer that Andrea realized the rocks were covered in about 50 of the animals all going about their day. There were even some younger ibex fighting on the edge of the mountain. Even though they blend with the background, the stunning colors in this picture make it one of the best photos from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
A tree became a wildlife highway
It’s not every day we get to see an ocelot, let alone an ocelot using a tree to cross a raging river. Apparently, the tree had naturally fallen across the water, making a wildlife highway for those living in the forest. Charlie Hamilton James confessed he wanted to get some shots of animals using the new bridge, so he set up his camera and let it work its magic. It wasn’t long before he was left with a ton of incredible photos that revealed what happened in the forest. Charlie even managed to capture this rare ocelot photo.
Even frogs take things easy
Jamie Culebras was so determined to get a picture of his favorite glass frogs that he hiked for four hours just to find them in the wild. Here, Jamie not only got to see them for himself, but he also got to take several incredible pictures of the species. Many of them were hanging around on branches and sticks in the undergrowth. That was until Jamie spotted this guy chomping down on a spider – the first time the species has ever been photographed eating. It was a huge moment for everyone involved, including the man behind the camera who had been dreaming of the moment for years.
Tigers like scratchies too
Some photographers have to go above and beyond to get the perfect shot. That was the case for Sergey Gorshlov, who made it his mission to capture a Siberian tiger. He knew there was a slim chance of getting one on camera but wanted to try anyway. Sergey left his camera to do its thing as he eagerly waited for the perfect photo. It took ten months, but he finally got there with a shot of this tiger that’s like no other in the world.
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition brings out some of the most talented artists from across the world. The best part? It gives us a new look at nature that many of us have never seen before – and won’t forget anytime soon.