The winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition have been revealed!

An image of a bumblebee bumblebee swirling over hot sand on a Texas farm helped its maker win this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

American photographer Karen Aigner captured this close-up of a bee’s level and made her the fifth woman in the competition’s 58-year history to win the grand prize.

Another major winner of the 2022 Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year title is 16-year-old Kattanyu and Techitanakorn from Thailand for his photo of a whale beauty.

Judges at London’s Natural History Museum praised Ms. Wagner’s photographs for her “sense of movement and intensity”, who developed and produced the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

All bees in the close-up shot except for one male bee, who intends to mate with the only female in the center.

Like most bees, they are threatened by habitat loss, pesticides and climate change, as well as agricultural practices that disrupt their nesting areas.

Chair of the jury, Rose Kidman Cox, said: “Wings buzzing, males coming home on a bumblebee ball rolling right into the photo.

“The sensation of movement and intensity appears in magnification at the level of the bees and turns the tiny cactus bees into the great competitors of a single female.”

Thai teenager Kattanyu and Techitanakorn’s success in winning the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year can be traced back to his fascination with the colors of baleen whales.

He was intrigued when Bryde’s whale appeared near his boat, by the contrasting colors and textures of its dark skin, pink gum, and the brush-like feeding mass hanging from its upper jaw.

The young man, who has been a naturalist and photographer since he was 12, was able to capture the details, including some small anchovies, in what the judges felt was a “dynamic composition”.

Like other baleen whales, Bryde uses a technique known as rush feeding to catch large numbers of small schooling fish and then filter the small prey from the ocean.

Mrs. Cox said: ‘From the jaws of Bryde’s whale comes this dazzling creation.

“The subtle details of tiny anchovies are set against an abstraction of color with the weave of brown baleen hair surrounded by a series of water droplets.”

The two grand title awards were chosen from among the winners in 19 categories that highlighted the natural world in all its wonders and diversity.

They were among 38,575 participants from 93 countries who were judged on their originality, narrative, technical excellence, and ethical practices.

Among other images, an image of a bear in a disappearing habitat, a dying lake, a courtship display of a bustard from the Canary Islands and the exciting reproductive dance of a giant starfish.

The bears, which have been found from western Venezuela to Bolivia, were captured by Daniel Medros, of Ecuador, who has set up camera traps along a wildlife corridor used to reach the high plateaus. Bears have suffered massive declines as a result of habitat fragmentation.

Ismael Dominguez Gutierrez of Spain snapped a photo of Osprey sitting on a dead tree waiting for the fog to lift.

Jose Juan Hernandez Martinez of Spain captured the courtship display of a houbara bustard from the Canary Islands in the moonlight.

He dug himself a low lair and grabbed the look of a puffy bird while taking a brief rest.

Daniel Nunez, from Guatemala, used a drone to capture the contrast between the forest and the growth of algae on Lake Amatitlan.

He hopes the photo will raise awareness of the impact of pollution on the lake, which absorbs about 75,000 tons of waste from Guatemala City each year.

American/Japanese photographer Tony Wu captured a photo of the reproductively dancing giant starfish that reproduces and shows water filled with sperm and eggs.

The “dancing” shape of a starfish that spawns as it rises and swings may aid the release of eggs and sperm, or help sweep the eggs and sperm into currents where they are fertilized together in the water.

An exhibition of the best photographs submitted for the competition opened at the Natural History Museum in London on October 14, before going on a British and international tour.

Dr Doug Gore, Director of the Natural History Museum, said: “Wildlife photographers give us unforgettable glimpses into the lives of wild species, sharing unseen details, fascinating behaviors, and first-hand reports on climate and biodiversity crises.

“These images show their horror, their appreciation for the natural world, and the urgent need to take action to protect it.”

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