Best Award Winning Wildlife Photography of the Year 2017
Pandas Gone Wild, by Ami Vitale, World Press Photo awards, nature category, second prize, stories
At the Hetaoping research and conservation centre in China’s Wolong reserve, captive-bred giant pandas are raised with the hope of one day reintroducing them to the wild. To prevent young pandas from imprinting on and becoming attached to their human caregivers, the centre’s staff wear costumes that mimic the animals’ black and white pattern.This photo also won the Human/Nature category in the Big Picture Competition 2017.
Photograph: Ami Vitale/2017 World Press Photo