Russian Photographer Wins Top Wildlife Photo Award With Amur Tiger Snapshot

Pablo Tucker
October 15, 2020

"I'm delighted to be announcing the Grand Title victor of the fifty-sixth Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition", Kate, who wore a tailored black pantsuit from her wedding dress designer Alexander McQueen, said.

A stunning photograph of a Siberian tiger hugging a tree deep in the forests of eastern Russian Federation has won a wildlife photographer a prestigious award.

The photograph was taken using a camera trap, which triggers when a tiger walks by.

The judges said the photo showed a "scene like no other" and gave hope that the Siberian or Amur tigers would return.

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.

Photographs of a biologist looking at a Cordilleran fly catcher won prizes in the category of a nest outside his window, a small diamondback squid in the dark, and two wasps of different species entering neighboring nests.

This species can be found only in Russia's deep forest and is on the verge of extinction.

The female tiger is seen embracing a tree, rubbing herself up against the bark to leave her scent and mark territory in Leopard National Park. "It's also a story told in glorious colour and texture of the comeback of the Amur tiger, a symbol of the Russian wilderness", Cox said. "A great natural history moment captured perfectly". The rangers later identified the animal as tigress number T41F by her unique stripe pattern.

"And thank you to all of those who entered for showing us the magic of the natural world, and for reminding us that caring for our environment and its precious biodiversity has never been more important", she added.

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.

The virtual awards ceremony of the Natural History Museum's the 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year was held at London on Oct 13.

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