Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018: Vote for Your Favorite in the People’s Choice Award

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The public is invited to have its say in the Natural History Museum’s world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition by voting for the winner of the People’s Choice Award here.

The annual award recognizes exceptional competition entries as chosen by the public. Admirers of wildlife photography around the world can vote for their favorite from a shortlist of 25 images, pre-selected by London’s Natural History Museum from over 45,000 submissions from 95 countries. Voting ends on February 5, 2019.

The shortlisted images range from a group of penguins looking into the sunrise to a fox loping past a painting of a fox stenciled on a city street.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the longest-running and most prestigious competition of its kind. Seen by millions of people all over the globe, the winning images showcase nature photography as an art form, whilst reminding us of the urgent need to protect our planet and the species we share it with.

Ian Owens, Director of Science at the Natural History Museum and member of the judging panel, said: “Inspiring audiences to connect with the natural world is at the heart of what we do as a Museum, and that’s why we’re so proud to run this competition. The People’s Choice Award is special to us because it gives the public the chance to choose the winner, and I’m looking forward to seeing which of these beautiful photographs emerges as the favorite.”

Mike Owen, Professional Imaging Marketing Manager from Panasonic UK, added: ‘We are proud to support the Natural History Museum and its Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The LUMIX People’s Choice Award is viewed and voted for by the general public, and having this engagement in such an important photographic and environmental milestone is hugely important to everyone at Panasonic.”

Vote for the winner of the LUMIX People’s Choice Award here. Voting ends on February 5, 2019.

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Wim Van Den Heever

Three Kings by Wim Van Den Heever, South Africa
Wim came across these king penguins on a beach in the Falkland Islands just as the sun was rising. They were caught up in a fascinating mating behaviour—the two males were constantly moving around the female using their flippers to fend the other off.
Nikon D810 + Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 lens at 40mm; 1/250sec at f11; Nikon SB910 flash.

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David Lloyd

Resting Mountain Gorilla by David Lloyd
The baby gorilla clung to its mother whilst keeping a curious eye on David. He had been trekking in South Bwindi, Uganda, when he came across the whole family. Following them, they then stopped in a small clearing to relax and groom each other.
Nikon D500 + 300mm f/4 lens; 1/350th sec at f9.5; ISO 5600.

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Tin Man Lee

Red, Silver and Black by Tin Man Lee, USA
Tin was fortunate enough to be told about a fox den in Washington State, North America, which was home to a family of red, black and silver foxes. After days of waiting for good weather he was finally rewarded with this touching moment.
Canon 1DX Mark II +600mm f4 lens; 1.4x teleconverter; 1/1600 sec at f11; ISO 2000.

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Christian Vizl

Gliding by Christian Vizl, Mexico
With conditions of perfect visibility and beautiful sunlight, Christian took this portrait of a nurse shark gliding through the ocean off the coast of Bimini in the Bahamas. Typically these sharks are found near sandy bottoms where they rest, so it’s rare to see them swimming.
Canon 5D Mark II + 16-35mm f2.8 lens; 1/200 sec at f9; ISO 200; Aquatica housing.

 

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Connor Stefanison

Family Portrait by Connor Stefanison, Canada
A great grey owl and her chicks sit in their nest in the broken top of a Douglas fir tree in Kamloops, Canada. They looked towards Connor only twice as he watched them during the nesting season from a tree hide 50 feet (15 metres) up.
Canon 1D Mark IV + Canon 500mm f4 IS lens; 1/200 sec at f7.1; ISO 1250; Manfrotto monopod.

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Cristobal Serrano

Curious Encounter by Cristobal Serrano, Spain
Any close encounter with an animal in the vast wilderness of Antarctica happens by chance, so Cristobal was thrilled by this spontaneous meeting with a crabeater seal off of Cuverville Island, Antarctic Peninsula. These curious creatures are protected and, with few predators, thrive.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon EF 8-15mm f4L Fisheye USM lens; 1/250 sec at f8; ISO 160; Seacam housing and flash.

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Matthew Maran

Fox Meets Fox by Matthew Maran, UK 
Matthew has been photographing foxes close to his home in north London for over a year and ever since spotting this street art had dreamt of capturing this image. After countless hours and many failed attempts his persistence paid off.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 70-200mm f2.8 IS II USM lens; 1/500 sec at f4.0; ISO 800.

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Bence Máté

One Toy, Three Dogs by Bence Máté, Hungary
While adult African wild dogs are merciless killers, their pups are extremely cute and play all day long. Bence photographed these brothers in Mkuze, South Africa—they all wanted to play with the leg of an impala and were trying to drag it in three different directions.
Canon EOS-1DX Mark II; 200-400mm lens (35mm equivalent: 197.2-394.3 mm); 1/1800 sec at f4.0; 4000 ISO.

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Justin Hofman

A Polar Bear’s Struggle by Justin Hofman, USA 
Justin said his whole body pained as he watched this starving polar bear at an abandoned hunter's camp, in the Canadian Arctic, slowly heave itself up to standing. With little, and thinning, ice to move around on, the bear is unable to search for food.
Sony a7R II + Sony FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens; 1/200 sec at f10; ISO 800.

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David Lloyd

Bond of Brothers by David Lloyd, New Zealand / UK 
These two adult males, probably brothers, greeted and rubbed faces for 30 seconds before settling down. Most people never have the opportunity to witness such animal sentience, and David was honoured to have experienced and captured such a moment.
Nikon D800E + 400mm f/2.8 lens; 1/500th sec at f4.8, ISO 500.

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Suzi Eszterhas

The Orphaned Beaver by Suzi Eszterhas, United States
A one-month-old orphaned North American beaver kit is held by a caretaker at the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center in Arlington, Washington. Luckily it was paired with a female beaver who took on the role of mother and they were later released into the wild.
Canon 1DX + 24-70mm f2.8 lens; 1/200 sec at f3.5; ISO 1600.