In Photos: 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year
From a yellow pygmy goby that guards its home to an Anchieta’s cobra that reared its head and moved towards two meerkat pups near their warren on Namibia’s Brandberg Mountain, these photos represents 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year, so don’t miss these pictures – they will impress you for sure.
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Glass-house guard by Wayne Jones, Australia. Highly commended, Underwater On the sandy seabed off the coast of Mabini in the Philippines, a yellow pygmy goby guards its home – a discarded glass bottle. It is one of a pair, each no more than 4 centimetres (one and a half inches) long, that have chosen a bottle as a perfect temporary home. The female will lay several batches of eggs, while the male performs guard duty at the entrance.
Photograph: Wayne Jones/2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Eye to eye by Emanuele Biggi, Italy Highly commended, Animals in their environment Fed by the sea, the desert coast of Peru’s Paracas National Reserve teems with life. A colony of South American sea lions supplies the corpses. The decaying flesh sustains insects and crustaceans, in turn drawing larger predators. A young male Peru Pacific iguana (distinctive black chevrons on its throat) had joined the feast within, sheltered from the harsh sun and wind.
Photograph: Emanuele Biggi/2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Simple beauty by Theo Bosboom, The Netherlands Highly commended, Creative Visions In a shallow tidal pool, a colourful cluster of detached fronds of egg wrack and bladder wrack form an abstract pattern against white sand. They have been washed off the rocks surrounding Mangersta Sands, on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. The air-filled bladders of these marine algae keep their fronds floating and exposed to light so they can photosynthesise.
Photograph: Theo Bosboom/2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Kitten combat by Julius Kramer, Germany. Highly commended, Behaviour: Mammals Like many solitary wildcats, the males have expansive home ranges, within which one or more females live. Most active at dawn and dusk, they are powerfully built, with slightly longer hindlimbs for pouncing on prey. They hunt mainly herbivores, such as deer, which brings them into conflict with hunters.
Photograph: Julius Kramer/2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Trailblazer by Christian Wappl, Austria Highly commended, Behaviour: Invertebrates A large firefly larva, about 8 centimetres (more than 3 inches) long, emitting continuous glow from four light organs at its rear. Fireflies spend most of their lives as larvae, feeding mainly on slugs and snails. This one can even tackle invasive African land snails many times its own size. Its glow – the result of a chemical reaction in its light organs – is most likely a warning to predators that it is unpalatable (whereas, the flashing lights of adult fireflies are for courtship).
Photograph: Christian Wappl/2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Cool cat by Isak Pretorius, South Africa Highly commended, Animal Portraits A lioness drinks from a waterhole in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. She is one of the Mfuwe Lodge pride – two males, five females and five cubs. Lions kill more than 95 per cent of their prey at night and may spend 18–20 hours resting.
Photograph: Isak Pretorius/2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Witness by Emily Garthwaite, UK Highly commended, Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image One of several sun bears kept behind the scenes at a zoo in Sumatra, Indonesia, in appalling conditions. Sun bears are the world’s smallest bears, now critically endangered. In the lowland forests of Southeast Asia, they spend much of their time in trees, eating fruit and small animals, using their claws to prise open rotten wood in search of grubs. They are threatened by rampant deforestation and the demand for their bile and organs for traditional Chinese medicine.
Photograph: Emily Garthwaite/2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Tigerland by Emmanuel Rondeau, France Highly commended, Animals in their environment In a remote forest, high in the Himalayas of central Bhutan, a Bengal tiger fixes his gaze on the camera. The path he treads is part of a network linking the country’s national parks – corridors that are key to the conservation of this endangered subspecies but unprotected from logging and poaching.
Photograph: Emmanuel Rondeau/2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The meerkat mob by Tertius A Gous, South Africa Highly commended, Behaviour: Mammals When an Anchieta’s cobra reared its head and moved towards two meerkat pups near their warren on Namibia’s Brandberg Mountain, the rest of the pack – foraging nearby – reacted almost instantly. Rushing back, the group split into two: one group grabbed the pups and huddled a safe distance away, the other took on the snake. Tails raised, the mob edged forwards, growling. When the snake lunged, they sprang back. This was repeated over and over for about 10 minutes. Finally, the cobra gave up and disappeared
Photograph: Tertius-A-Gous/2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year