The winner of the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has been announced by The Duchess of Cambridge.
Kate Middleton, who is a patron of the Natural History Museum, presented the award to the winner, Sergey Gorshkov, at the virtual awards ceremony in the museum’s Hintze Hall on Tuesday.
Gorshkov snapped a captivating shot of a tiger with its front legs wrapped around a tree.
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Sergey Gorshkov is Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020. Huge congratulations to Sergey (@sergey_gorshkov_photographer)! Sergey was selected by an esteemed panel of judges from nearly 50,000 entries, it is a 'scene like no other' according to Chair of the Jury Roz Kidman-Cox. Taken in the Siberian wilderness of Russia, it shows a majestic Siberian tiger hugging a Manchurian fir. A wondrous display of animal behaviour in its natural habitat, it is a symbol of hope for the critically endangered species. Discover more about this photo and the other category winners from this year's competition by following the link in our bio. Sergey's image will be front and centre of our new #WPY56 exhibition at the @natural_history_museum where the full collection of images will be displayed in exquisite lightboxes. Opening Friday 16 October, follow the link in our bio to find out more. #WPY #WPY56 #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #Nature #NaturePhotography #Wildlife #WildlifePhotography #Animals #Photography #PhotographyCompetition #Photographer #NaturalHistory #Environment #Conservation #Anthropocene #Natural History Museum #NaturalHistory #London #LiveEvent #YoungPhotographer #Tiger #Siberia #Russia #Mammals
“The skill and creativity of this year’s images provide a moving and fascinating insight into the beauty and vulnerability of life on our planet,” she says of the competition. “Thank you to all 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.”
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The winning entry will be on display at the museum on Oct. 16 before touring worldwide.
Middleton also presented the award in 2014 to celebrate the 50th year of the competition.