Transcript of "Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013: Sneak preview"
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013: Sneak preview
Stunning photos of gorillas, dugongs and mushrooms were among
the 43,000 entries from 96 countries to the 2013 wildlife photographer
of the year competition. The Natural History Museum will announce
the overall winners in October.
Alejandro Prieto, Mexico: Corcovado national park, on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, is accessible only by boat or aircraft. ‘With a fast movement, the
crocodile held the turtle by its flipper and then, with a flick of its jaws, grabbed the still-living reptile by its head. I willed the crocodile to be still for a
moment while I struggled to keep the camera steady’
Michael Nichols, US: C-Boy, a black-maned male lion, and his coalition partner, Hildur, once controlled a superior territory in Tanzania’s Serengeti national
park, but they were deposed by a squad of four males known to researchers as the Killers. Nick came across C-boy and Hildur hunkered down in the rain: ‘I
had never before seen these two senior coalition males together’
Diana Rebman, US: ‘What made all the physical effort worth it
was to see the mother with her two babies.’ This is only the fifth
set of mountain gorilla twins ever to be reported in Rwanda’s
Volcanoes national park
Łukasz Bożycki, Poland: On this March day, Łukasz shared the pond with them for an evening, sitting in the icy water in his chest-high waders, keeping as still
as possible: ‘I wanted to find a fresh way of portraying the amphibians at water level’
Valter Bernardeschi, Italy: Each year between July and September, millions of sockeye salmon migrate from the Pacific back up rivers to the fresh waters of
Lake Kuril, in Russia, to spawn in the waters where they were born
Solvin Zankl, Germany: Breeding ponds in Solling, western Germany. ‘To me the toadspawn looks like threaded black pearls neatly arranged in the scenery’
Agorastos Papatsanis, Greece: The taller of these two parasol mushrooms is just 30cm. That is tall for a parasol, but their prominence against the tree trunks
behind is a slight optical illusion
Death rays by Thomas Peschak, Germany/South Africa.
Etienne Francey, Switzerland: Near Cousset, in Switzerland
Marcos Sobral, Portugal: Varanasi in northern India where rhesus macaques have adapted to living alongside people, even inhabiting temples, where locals
feed them as a form of worship. ‘I waited for more than an hour at this spot holding heavy camera gear, being bitten to bits by mosquitoes'
Douglas Seifert, US: A dugong feeding in the bay of Marsa Alam, Egypt, while snorkellers flock to see it. Only seven dugongs are known to live along the
Badger dream scene by Marc Steichen, Luxembourg.