Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Where the Wild Things Are; as Wildlife Photographer of the Year Pictures Are Released SARAH MARSHALL Suggests Where You Can See the Action for Real

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Where the Wild Things Are; as Wildlife Photographer of the Year Pictures Are Released SARAH MARSHALL Suggests Where You Can See the Action for Real

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Byline: SARAH MARSHALL

COVERING every corner of the natural world, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition always generates interest, envy and debate. Some images are beautiful, others are chilling - but they always tell an important story.

While the winners won't be announced until October 16, several commended shots featured in the exhibition have been released.

Many were taken in locations accessible to the public and feature on the holiday itineraries below...

The Meerkat Mob by Cool Cat Tertius A Gous WHERE: Brandberg Mountain, Namibia WHAT: When an Anchieta's cobra moved towards two meerkat pups, the rest of the pack reacted almost instantly. Rushing back, the 20-strong group split into two: One group grabbed the pups and huddled a safe distance away, the other took on the snake.

Fluffing up their coats, tails raised, the mob edged forwards, growling. When the snake lunged, they sprang back. This was repeated for about 10 minutes.

HOW: Exodus (exodus.co.uk) offers a 15-day Discover Nambia camping escorted trip, including a visit to Brandberg Mountain, from PS2,479pp, with various departures.

COOL CAT by Isak Pretorius WHERE: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia WHAT: This lioness drinking from a waterhole is one of the Mfuwe Lodge pride. Though lions can get most of the moisture they need from their prey and even from plants, they drink regularly when water is available.

HOW: Expert Africa (expertafrica.com) offers a tailormade 9-night Civet Safari to Zambia, including a stay at Mfuwe Lodge, from PS4,623pp. Flights extra.

MISTER WHISKERS by Valter Bernardeschi WHERE: Svalbard, Norway WHAT: These walruses were feeding just off an island in the Norwegian archipelago. The photographer put on his wetsuit and slipped into the icy water. Immediately, a few curious walruses - mainly youngsters - began swimming towards him. …

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