The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has unveiled the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
According to the small print, the Russian photographer Sergey Gorshkov has obtained the distinguished Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for an image of an Amur tigress hugging a tree.
This image of the majestic beast, an Amur (Siberian) Tigress hugging the tree, beat the 49000 entries across the globe, to scoop the best prize throughout the prestigious contest.
The image was taken by Sergey Gorshkov in Japanese Russia after an 11-month stakeout.
The winners have been launched by Kate Middleton at an web awards ceremony streamed from the Natural History Museum in London, the place an exhibition of the images will go on the present.
Kate in her message acknowledged: “The competition attracts the very best in wildlife photography.”
“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.”
“Many congratulations to you Sergey, 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.”
According to the judges, “The remarkable sight of the tigress immersed in her natural environment offers us hope, as recent reports suggest numbers are growing from dedicated conservation efforts.”
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Winners of various lessons embrace Paul Hilton’s image of a younger pig-tailed macaque, which obtained the Wildlife Photojournalist Story Award.