Stunning Photos of 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest Finalists

London’s Natural History Museum holds its annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest to showcase the diverse wonders of the natural world.

This year’s edition of the world-renowned exhibition is set to debut on October 21, but a few of the finalists have been posted online as part of a sneak peek. Though only revealing a handful of what’s to come at the official show, even this small collection conveys the stunning diversity, vibrant liveliness, and wild intrigue that run rampant through the animal kingdom.

Grub time by Hui Yu Kim; Finalist, 15-17 years old

Black-naped Oriole


Nosy neighbour by Sam Hobson; Finalist, Urban

The red fox is perhaps one of the most familiar wild animals that thrives in an urban environment, but often a fleeting glimpse is all we get. Foxes may live alongside us in towns and cities, but they have learnt to be wary of man and often hide in the shadows. I spent a summer gaining the trust of a family of foxes in Bristol and found that if I introduced anything new to their environment, the curious cubs would quickly become interested and investigate it thoroughly. This gave me an opportunity to capture some incredibly intimate portraits of these friendly fox cubs - I left my camera positioned on a wall in their territory and fired it remotely when this bold cub poked his nose up to investigate.


Splitting the catch by Audun Rikardsen; Finalist, The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image

Some fishermen may use the whales to localize the herring shoals. Likewise, many whales have during the years learned the sounds from specific fishing boat when they retrieve their fishing gear, and thereby seek to the boats with the hope to get a “free meal”. This is seemingly a win-win-situations for both parties, but some whales also actively tries to steal the fish form the fishing gear, which can in some cases destroy both the fishing gear and the herring caches. This has led to a debate about the fishing quotas and the interactions between whales and fishing boats. These interactions have also lead to an increasing number of accident where the whales have been entangled in the fishing gear. I developed my own underwater housing to be able to take split pictures like this under very low light conditions. Ordinary underwater housings for split pictures will not work due to several optical challenges during low light conditions. (some dust/ flare due to salt crustal on the underwater housing glass is removed in the digital post-processing). Canon 5DIII, Canon 11-24 f4; 1/200 sec;   f/6,3;   ISO 640, self made underwater housing, Lee filter 1.2.


Termite tossing by Willem Kruger; Finalist, Birds

Southern Yellow Hornbill foraging


Swarming under the stars by Imre Potyó; Finalist, Invertebrates

Dancing with stars


Beware a mother bear by Mikhail Shatenev; Finalist, 15-17 years old

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