Wildlife pictures of the year

From the BBC Nature page comes a slideshow of some of the best images from the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. There were 48,000 entries, and 100 were chosen to go on exhibit at London’s Museum of Natural History in October. I’m showing only five here, but go watch the slideshow for more (don’t miss “Midnight Snack”!).  Click all photos to enlarge:

Several cormorants try to steal fish from a gannet:

Rays underwater—a lovely image:

A fruit bat drinking from a river:

A gander defending his nest from a fox:

A bear with his dinner:

h/t: pyers

13 Comments

  1. Christopher
    Posted August 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    I am puzzled why the last one was selected. It is only my subjective judgment of course, but I think it looks very generic. The other 4 truly captures wildlife moments in beautiful ways.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted August 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

      There isn’t much information about the photographer, but we do know this:-
      Breuc Graillet Denaix (France)/Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012
      Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 15-17 years – specially commended
      I think it’s a fine picture especially given the age group & the potential risk involved ~ the bear seems aware of the photographer & I presume a long lens is involved [& sitting in a truck]

      When I look at the photo I note that the ‘kill’ is on a gravelled road & immediately it sets up narrative possibilities…
      The bear is benefiting from road kill?
      Bear/human territory overlapping

      • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
        Posted August 29, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

        I was thinking that the photographer should have waited a bit more, the unlikely event looks even more like a setup if it catches the bear starting in on a road kill.

  2. Posted August 29, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Amazing how so much of the drama in nature revolves around who eats whom. We’re quite removed from that in our modern lives.

    That’s some good photography, too. The on-camera flash on the rays is well-balanced. I’d have liked the flash to have been off-camera, but I can certainly appreciate how challenging that would have been, and I doubt any photographer in the real world would have been able to do better with the scene.

    Cheers,

    b&

  3. Posted August 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    My favorite — and I’m surprised you didn’t include it above, Jerry — was the mirrored infrared cheetahs.

    It’s definitely worth playing the slideshow at the link.

    b&

    • Christian
      Posted August 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

      I have to agree, that’s a really stunning picture.

      And it has cheetahs 😉

    • mday
      Posted August 30, 2012 at 5:29 am | Permalink

      my first thought when I saw the cheetah picture was that it could be the winning entry from the newest Mars rover…

  4. Michael Fisher
    Posted August 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    HERE is an auto-slideshow preview of 50 images from the NHM [Natural History Museum] site:-

    “Enjoy our slideshow previewing the 50 superb commended and specially commended images from the 2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

    The winners will be announced on 17 October 2012 at the awards ceremony and the exhibition opens to the public at the Natural History Museum on 19 October.”

    • Posted August 29, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

      Nice — thanks! I just wish it wasn’t one of those really crappy Flash slideshows.

      And I still like the cheetahs the best….

      b&

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted August 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

        The British fox at around frame #43 & the pouncing cat in the long grass at around #46 ~ what cat is that anyone?

        • Achrachno
          Posted August 29, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

          Bobcat

          • Michael Fisher
            Posted August 29, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

            cheers

  5. Posted August 30, 2012 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Beautiful!
    I do agree the last one doesn’t seem to fit as it does not seem as striking and unique as the previous images.


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