Zebra Crossing by Anup Shah
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year has been running since 1964. Its a competition that's owned by the British Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine. It has in recent years been sponsored by Shell.The contest is open to all. There is even a category for kids below 10 years old. There's the overall winners and sub categories such as landscape, animal behaviour, under the ocean, etc.
The pictures are great and puts us right in the face of a world long forgotten by us city slickers. We've ignored that the harsh, deadly beauty of nature still lives at the edge of our day to day lives, safe in our tattered sarongs and shorts, chugging back that beer in front of the telly on Football Saturday Nights.
The pictures here are some samples and I encourage you to enlarge them for full glorious detail! Also from the link below to the web site you get to read the comments of the photographers which is fantastic as they explain the very moment these stunning images were captured. Enjoy!
Turtle Grooming by Andre Seale
Frag it, I'm screwed now...
Polar Meltdown by Anne Naevra
Mistaken Identity by Michel Denis-Huot. The cub (and it's sibling) had wandered away from the pride for a few days. The pride found them later but because they smelt differently they were treated aggressively. The cub lashed out at the lion and was set upon by the rest. Both cubs were killed and one of the lioness was seen eating one of the cubs later.
And then there's Magic...
Mallards at Dawn by Arnaud Darondeau
Elephants below Mount Kilimanjoro by Martyn Colbeck
Hyena at Bay by Christopher Courteau. A pack of wild dogs go after a stray scavenger.
Sky Chase by Manuel Presti. A lone Peregrine Falcon goes after a flock of skylarks.
Encounter by Anna Henly
Damsel Emerging by Ross Hoddnott. A dragonfly emerges from it's larvae cocoon.Snack Attack!
Great White Torpedo by Amos Nachoum. A seal gets taken out of the ocean by a hungry hunting machine.
Piss your pants encounters
Stoat Sandwich byAri Tervo. Cute 'lil feller...
Merkat Moment by Shem Compion. Both parent and baby mesmerized by the wasp/hornet.If any of you guys want to take part or just want to enjoy more of the great pictures go HERE.