Chinese photographers among winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

Pablo Tucker
October 16, 2020

Sergey Gorshkov was crowned overall victor of Wildlife Photographers of the Year with a shot of a Siberian tigress in a forests in Russia's far east.

The Siberian tiger, also known as the Amur tiger, is a subspecies of the big cat that can be found in the Russian Far East, northeastern China and potentially into North Korea.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the Natural History Museum, announced the victor on Tuesday October 13th.

Finnish photographer Liina Heikkinen was crowned the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020 for her image of a fox protecting the goose it caught from five siblings.

He was rewarded with the prestigious prize on Tuesday, according to a press release from the Natural History Museum, which runs the competition. This year, the competition received 49,000 entries from photographers from all over the world.

Winning images in different categories include a profile shot of a young male proboscis monkey, a rare picture of Pallas's cats taken in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and a polar bear in a circus. A unique glimpse of an intimate moment deep in a magical forest.

Sergey Gorshkov's grand prize award was announced by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge and TV presenters Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin during an online event organized by London's Natural History Museum.

Rosamond Kidman Cox, chairwoman of the judging panel describing the image said, "Shafts of low winter sun highlight the ancient fir tree and the coat of the huge tigress as she grips the trunk in obvious ecstasy and inhales the scent of a tiger on resin, leaving her own mark as her message". Today, although threats from poachers and logging remain, up to 550 Amur tigers roam their old territories. The rangers later identified the animal as tigress number T41F by her unique stripe pattern.

The museum said limited visitor numbers and security measures in the light of Covit-19 would ensure that visitors have a "safe and welcoming experience" and can view images in a crowded gallery.

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