Hailing from the Chinese province of Qinghai, Yongqing Bao has won the prestigious wildlife photographer of the year 2019 title for his image The Moment, which frames the standoff between a Tibetan fox and a marmot. The Overall Winner of the competition will take home a £5,000 cash prize, alongside the coveted title of Bird Photographer of the Year. The Grand Title Winner, titled 'The Moment' and captured by Chinese photographer Yongqing Baoas, is a humorous shot of a Himalayan marmot being scared by a Tibetan fox determined to find food for its three young cubs. A penetrable border is also vitally important for many other species at risk, including Sonoran ocelots and pronghorns. All Rights TheAtlantic.com Copyright (c) 2021 by The Atlantic Monthly Group. They were there to watch geladas, grass-eating primates found only on the Ethiopian Plateau. This particular spider seemed to be hunting. This stunning image from the Chinese province of Qinghai titled “The Moment,” by photographer Yongqing Bao, which frames the standoff between a Tibetan fox and a marmot seemingly frozen in an impending life-or-death struggle, is the winner of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 title. Thomas Easterbrook / Wildlife Photographer of the Year, © More than 49,000 images are entered into Wildlife Photographer of the Year every year, but our panel of judges can only award 100 winners. #, Snow-Plateau Nomads. Winner, Animal Portraits—It may look like an ant, but then count its legs, and note those palps on either side of the folded fangs. I write a column on European affairs for the editorial page of El Tiempo, Colombia's main newspaper. Fur flies as a female puma launches her attack on a big male guanaco. These nimble antelopes are high-altitude specialists, found only on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 56 competition have been announced.. V iew the online gallery to see them. Shangzhen Fan / Wildlife Photographer of the Year, © So determined was he to create the photograph he had in mind that he continued firing off frames, unaware that his feet were succumbing to frostbite, which would take months to recover from. The owners and sponsors have once again been kind enough to share the following 15 winning images from this year’s competition. Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten’s stunning portrait of two endangered golden snub-nosed monkeys in China’s Qinling mountains has won this … After an hour's wait, just before dawn, a group started to emerge not too far along the cliff. Winner, 10 Years and Under—On holiday with his family in France, Thomas was eating supper in the garden on a warm summer’s evening when he heard the humming. #, Land of the Eagle. The marmot was hungry. The competition brings a fresh angle to wildlife photographer, celebrating the amusing moments that keen nature photographers … Overall winner, and behaviour – mammals joint winner: The Moment by Yongqing Bao, China. Face of Deception. Every spring for more than a decade, the photographer had followed the mass migration of common frogs in South Tyrol, Italy. In winter, many chiru migrate to the relative warmth of the remote Kumukuli Desert. Audun Rikardsen / Wildlife Photographer of the Year, © Infiltrating an ant colony can help a spider that wants to eat ants, or avoid being eaten by them or by predators that dislike ants. Winner, Behavior: Invertebrates—At dusk, Kronauer tracked this colony of nomadic army ants as it moved, traveling up to 400 meters through the rainforest near La Selva Biological Station, in northeastern Costa Rica. But one night, the colony assembled in the open, against a fallen branch and two large leaves that were evenly spaced and of similar height, prompting a structure spanning 50 centimeters and resembling "a living cathedral with three naves." Strong winds, a heavy blizzard and extreme cold (-40°) forced them into a truce. #, Face of Deception. In a winter whiteout in Yellowstone National Park, a lone American bison stands weathering the silent snowstorm. Browse the 25 photographs featured below and vote for the one you think should win this year’s People’s Choice Award. Powerful wildlife photography focuses our attention on the beauty and fragility of the natural world. At a time when precious habitats are facing increasing climate pressures, seeing these fleeting yet fascinating moments reminds us of what we need to protect. #, Frozen Moment. While it was still dark, the ants would use their bodies to build a new daytime nest (bivouac) to house the queen and larvae. On loan from the Natural History Museumin London, these extraordinary images have been selected because they allow us to witness unique moments, encounter the diversity of life on Earth and reflect on humanity's role in its future. On this day, the air was fresh and clear after heavy snow. Cruz Erdmann / Wildlife Photographer of the Year, © https://people.com/pets/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-award-winners-2019 At dawn, the colony would send out raiding parties to gather food, mostly other ant species. But the fox itself hadn’t reacted, and was still in the same position. More than 5,000 male emperor penguins huddle against the … Many spider species imitate ants in appearance and behavior—even smell. Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 showcases stunning photos of the natural world . Infiltrating an ant colony can help a spider looking to eat them – or to avoid being eaten by them. Survival depends on cooperation and the birds snuggle together, backs to the wind and heads down, sharing their body heat. With the insect moving quickly from flower to flower, the photographer captured the stillness of the moth’s head against the blur of its wings. The Moment by Yongqing Bao of China is the winner of the 2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. As her claws made contact, the guanaco twisted to the side, his last grassy mouthful flying in the wind. "The Huddle" by Stefan Christmann, Germany — Winner 2019, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio Award. Urban rat populations are rising fast. #, The Equal Match. The sound was coming from the fast-beating wings of a hummingbird hawkmoth, hovering in front of an autumn sage, siphoning up nectar with its long proboscis. This was the winner in the 15 to 17 year old category. The Natural History Museum Director Sir Michael Dixon notes that “this compelling picture captures nature’s ultimate challenge – its battle for survival.”. Over the past century, human impact from hunting, which was banned in 1997 when jaguars became a protected species, and habitat destruction has resulted in the animal becoming virtually extinct in the U.S. With no recent records of a female – a hunter in Arizona shot the last verified female in 1963 – any chance of a breeding population becoming reestablished rests on the contentious border between the two countries remaining partially open. Then suddenly she rushed forward, and Bao got his shot. Within a few days the frogs had gone, and the maturing eggs had risen to the surface. I'm a dual Colombian-Luxembourgish freelance journalist, inveterate traveler and writer based in the world's only Grand Duchy. Pushing against each other, two male Dall’s sheep in full winter-white coats that blend into the snowscape, stand immobile at the end of a fierce clash on a windswept snowy slope. The Moment: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 winner. Land of the eagle, Winner 2019, Behaviour: Birds. The females had gone to the sea, where they feed for up to three months. 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Zorica Kovacevic / Wildlife Photographer of the Year, © ... of which the overall winners will be announced on October 15. Traveling to the Yukon, he rented a van and spent a month following Dall sheep during the rutting season, when mature males compete for mating rights. It was still in its winter coat and not long out of its six-month winter hibernation, spent deep underground with the rest of its colony of 30 or so. A powerful frame of both humour and horror, it captures the drama and intensity of nature. The shot of the border fence was created to highlight President Trump’s plan to seal off the entire U.S.‑Mexico frontier with an impenetrable wall and the impact it will have on the movement of wildlife, sealing the end of jaguars in the U.S. The photo captures the eagle’s power as it comes in to land, talons outstretched, poised for a commanding view of its coastal realm. Humming Surprise, 2019 winner, 10 years and under. Joint Winner, Behavior: Mammals—Fur flies as a puma launches her attack on a guanaco. Winner, Animals in Their Environment—A small herd of male chiru leaves a trail of footprints on a snow-veiled slope in the Kumukuli Desert of China's Altun Shan National Nature Reserve. Photos: The Inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden Jr. The Garden of Eels, 2019 winner, Underwater. A marmot reacts with shock as it ventures out … One immediately jetted away, but the other—probably the male—hovered just long enough for Cruz to capture one instant of its glowing underwater show. The rodents are well suited for city living –powerful swimmers, burrowers and jumpers, with great balance, aided by their maligned long tails. Riccardo Marchgiani / Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Photos of the Week: Ice Castles, Northern Lights, Inauguration Fireworks. This was the front line of the biggest eruption in centuries of one of the world's most active volcanoes: Kilauea, on Hawaii's Big Island. Its spongy orange cladding is in fact a mass of green algae spectacularly colored by carotenoid pigments, which depend on the tree for physical support but photosynthesize their own food. © Are We Ready to Talk About How He Got In. For Arndt, the picture marked the culmination of seven months tracking wild pumas on foot, enduring extreme cold and biting winds in the Torres del Paine region of Patagonia, Chile. Ripan Biswas / Wildlife Photographer of the Year, © Frozen Moment, 2019 winner, Rising Star Portfolio Award. The dramatic image, captured with perfect timing by Chinese photographer Yongqing Bao, has won the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year … This was the front line of the biggest eruption in 200 years of one of the world’s most active volcanos, Kîlauea, on Hawaii’s Big Island, which started spewing out lava through 24 fissures on its lower East Rift at the start of May, 2018. Each male bears a precious cargo on his feet, a single egg, tucked under a fold of skin (the brood pouch) as he faces the harshest winter on Earth with temperatures that fall below -40 ̊C, severe wind chill and intense blizzards. Red-hot lava tongues flow into the Pacific Ocean, producing huge plumes of noxious laze, a mix of acid steam and fine glass particles, as they meet the crashing waves. The Architectural Army, 2019 winner, Behaviour: Invertebrates. With the moth moving quickly from flower to flower, it was a challenge to frame a picture. The Equal Match, 2019 joint winner, Behaviour: Mammals. To survive at elevations of up to 5,500 meters, they have unique underfur—shahtoosh (Persian for "king of wools")—that is very light, very warm, and the main reason for the species' drastic decline. Bird Photographer of the Year is the leading bird photography competition. Demand, mainly from the West, for their unique underfur called shahtoosh in Persian (”king of wools”) has triggered a drastic decline of their numbers. These warm-water relatives of conger eels are extremely shy, vanishing into their sandy burrows the moment they sense anything unfamiliar. Soft natural light, lingering frogs, harmonious colors and dreamy reflections made the perfect photo. Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019: Check out the winning pics. The winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition were announced Tuesday at a ceremony at London’s Natural History Museum, which runs and exhibits the international competition. Winner, Plants and Fungi—Festooned with bulging orange velvet, trimmed with gray lace, the arms of a Monterey cypress tree weave an otherworldly canopy over Pinnacle Point in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, California. Recent images of people across the Northern Hemisphere enjoying themselves in the middle of this winter. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com. This was how he found himself over an unpromising sand flat, in just three meters of water. On a steep ridge, these two rams attempted to duel, but strong winds, a heavy blizzard, and extreme cold (–40 degrees Fahrenheit) forced them into a truce. The fox continued to lie still. For half an hour, the puma crept up on the guanaco. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, founded in 1965, is an annual international showcase of the best in nature photography. As her claws made contact, the guanaco twisted to the side, his last grassy mouthful flying in the wind. Grand title winner: Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Shadows flowed from the undulating slopes around a warm island of sand that the chiru were heading for, leaving braided footprints in their wake. Winner, Behavior: Birds—High on a ledge, on the coast near his home in northern Norway, Rikardsen carefully positioned an old tree branch that he hoped would make a perfect golden-eagle lookout. Shooting with a low flash to highlight her rich brown fur against the still-dark mountain range, he caught not only her sideways glance but also the eyes of her inquisitive infant. On Pearl Street in New York’s Lower Manhattan, brown rats scamper between their home under a tree grill and a pile of garbage bags full of food waste. They would form a scaffold of vertical chains (top right) by interlocking claws on their feet, and then create a network of chambers and tunnels into which the larvae and queen would be moved from the last bivouac. Winner, Rising Star Portfolio Award—Pushing against each other, two male Dall sheep in full winter-white coats stand immobile at the end of a fierce clash on a windswept snowy slope. The image was awarded the grand title in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which received over 48,000 entries from 100 countries.. Kilauea started spewing lava through 24 fissures on its lower east rift at the start of May 2018. The spongy orange cladding, is in fact, a mass of green algae spectacularly colored by carotenoid pigments, which depend on the tree for physical support. Rising spring temperatures stir the frogs to emerge from the sheltered spots where they spend the winter (often under rocks or wood, or even buried at the bottom of ponds). Winner, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio Award—More than 5,000 male emperor penguins huddle against the wind and late-winter cold on the sea ice of Antarctica’s Atka Bay, in front of the Ekström Ice Shelf. Biswas was photographing a red weaver ant colony in the subtropical forest of India’s Buxa Tiger Reserve, in West Bengal, when he spotted this odd-looking ant. 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