WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: Since 1965, the Natural History Museum, London Has Celebrated the Best in Animal-Based Photography through Its Annual Competition. This Selection of Some of 2017's Finalists Show off the Natural World in Unprecedented Detail

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WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: Since 1965, the Natural History Museum, London Has Celebrated the Best in Animal-Based Photography through Its Annual Competition. This Selection of Some of 2017's Finalists Show off the Natural World in Unprecedented Detail


SAVED BUT CAGED Steve Winter, USA

A back leg of this six-month-old Sumatran tiger cub was so badly mangled by a snare that it had to be amputated. He was lucky to survive at all, having been trapped for four days before being discovered in a rainforest in Aceh Province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The likelihood is that the snare was set by oil-palm plantation workers to catch bushmeat (though tigers are also deliberately snared). The workers are migrants who have been given small plots to grow their own oil palms but who have to work on the big plantations for about five years until their own crops generate a return. To feed their families, they have to hunt, and this cub's bones would have fetched a good price on the black market.

SWIM GYM (Laurent Ballesta, France): It was early spring in Antarctica, and a Weddell seal mother was introducing her pup to the icy water. The world's most southerly breeding mammal, a Weddell seal gives birth on the ice and takes her pup swimming after a week or two. 'They looked so at ease, whereas I felt so inappropriate,' says Ballesta. Relying on light through the ice above, he captured the curious gaze of the pup, the arc of its body mirroring that of its watchful mother.

ROMANCE AMONG THE ANGELS (Andrey Narchuk, Russia): Narchuk was on an expedition to the Sea of Okhotsk in the Russian Far East, intending to photograph salmon. But as soon as he jumped into the water, he found himself surrounded by thousands of mating sea angels. Quickly swapping to his macro equipment while battling against strong currents and avoiding a wall of gill netting, he began photographing the 3cm long pairs swirling around him.

GLIMPSE OF A LYNX (Laura Alblac Vilas, Spain): Vilas' family travelled to the Sierra de Andujar Natural Park in search of the elusive Iberian lynx--and struck lucky on their second day--a pair were relaxing not far from the road. …

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