Which is the best wildlife photo of 2018?

  • Wildlife Photo of the year.

    After the announcement of The Natural History Museums Photographer of the Year 2018 winners in October. It is now time for wildlife photography fans to have their say, by voting for The LUMIX people’s choice awards winner.

  • Winners of the 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • Top prize went to:

    The Golden Couple by Marsel van Oosten

    The Golden Couple, by Marsel Van Oosten

    This amazing image of a pair of golden snub-nosed monkeys in China’s Qinling Mountains. ensured that Dutch photographer Marcel van Oosten won the top prize. The Qinling Mountains are the only habitat for the endangered animals.
  • The Young Photographer prize went to:

    lounging leopard by skye meaker.

    Lounging Leopard by Skye Meaker

    This snap taking by 16-year old South African Skye Meaker, captures a rarely seen moment from the usually elusive leopard. Mathoja captured the lounging leopard awakening from a peaceful sleep in Botswana’s Mashatu game reserve. A place Skye and his family visit in the hope of seeing the Leopards there.
  • The LUMIX people’s choice awards.

    The LUMIX people’s choice awards. will allow members of the public to vote for their favourite wildlife photograph of 2018. The winner of the LUMIX people’s choice award will be displayed alongside the full Wildlife Photographer of The Year 2018 exhibition at the Natural History Museum.
    The competition which takes place every year received over 40,000 entries from 95 countries around the world. The museum chose 25 images from these entries for the public to choose from.
    Voting for your favourite will end on the 5th February 2019, you can view all 25 shortlisted images at the exhibition until this date. The LUMIX people’s choice winner, alongside the top five, will be displayed at the Museum’s exhibition until it closes in June.

    View all 25 shortlisted entries below. Details of how to vote are at the bottom of this article.

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  • Sound Asleep, by Tony Wu

    Sound Asleep, by Tony Wu

    Shot taken – Vava’u, Kingdom of Tonga

    Canon 5D Mark III + Canon 15mm f2.8 fisheye lens; 1/200 sec to f10; ISO640; Zillion housing; Pro-One dome port.

    This adult Humpback Whale is captured in a sleepy state while balancing mid-water. The whales relaxed state is evident from the rise of bubbles that can be seen surfacing from the whales two blowholes.
  • All That Remains, by Phil Jones

    All that remains, by Phil Jones

    Shot taken – Falkland Islands

    Canon 1Dx Mark I + fisheye lens Canon 15mm f2.8; 1/1250 sec to f16; ISO 1600; Joby gorillapod; Hahnel wireless remote trigger.

    British born Phil Jones captured this image of a washed-up orca on Sea Lion Island. The Orca had been washed up onto the shore the week before. The sands had almost covered the Orcas carcass. This image shows a striated Cracara scavenging in on the Orca.
  • Clam Close-up, by David Barrio.

    Clam close-up, by David Barrio

    Shot taken – Southern Red Sea, Marsa Alam, Egypt

    Nikon lens D7100-105mm + Saga 10 diopter wet lens; 1/180 sec to f27; ISO 200; Isotta housing; 2x strobes

    David Barrio from Spain took this macro shot image of an iridescent clam during a trip to Egypt. David had to take his time to get this shot of the clam open, fearing any movement would cause the clam to shut. These clams nest and grow and spend their lives embedded on stony corals.
  • A Polar Bear's Struggle, by Justin Hofman.

    A Polar Bears struggle, by Justin Hofman

    Shot taken – Canadian Arctic

    Sony a7R II + Sony FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens; 1/200 sec to f10; ISO 800.

    Justin says watching this Polar Bear struggle to find food at an abandoned hunter’s camp was painful. The shot captured the starving polar bear struggle to its feet. With little ice around, the bear is unable to find food.
  • Red, Silver and Black, by Tin Man Lee.

    Red, Silver and Black, by Tin Man Lee

    Shot taken – Washington State, North America

    Canon 1DX Mark II + 600mm f4 lens; 1.4x teleconverter; 1/1600 sec at f11; ISO 2000

    After waiting days for good weather. Tin is rewarded with this precious moment of a family of red, silver and black foxes next to their den in Washington State.
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  • Curious Encounter, by Cristobal Serrano.

    Curious Encounter, by Cristobal Serrano

    Shot taken – Cuverville Island, Antarctic Pininsula

    Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon EF 8-15mm f4L Fisheye USM lens; 1/250 sec at f8; ISO 160; Seacam housing and flash.

    Capturing a close-up image of any animal in the vast Antarctica is always down to chance. Spanish Cristobal was lucky enough to get this shot of a Crabeater Seal appearing to smile towards the camera. The curious crabeater seal thrives with very little predators and is a protected species.
  • Resting Mountain Gorilla, by David Lloyd.

    Resting Mountain Gorilla, by David Lloyd

    Shot taken – South Bwindi, Uganda

    Nikon D500 + 300mm f / 4 lens; 1/350 s sec to f9.5; ISO 5600

    New Zealand Born David Lloyd captures this endearing shot of a baby Gorilla snuggling into its mother in Uganda. The baby Gorilla keeps a curious watch over David as its family relax and groom one another.
  • Teenager, by Franco Banfi.

    Teenager, by Franco Banfi

    Shot taken – Caribbean Sea, Dominican

    Canon 1DX Mark II + 8-15mm f / 4 lens; 1/100 sec to f16; ISO 640; Seacam housing.

    Free diver Franco from Switzerland was free diving in the Caribbean Sea when he witnessed a young male sperm whale trying to copulate with a female. But her calf was in the way forcing the young male to chase the calf away.
  • Isolated, by Anna Henly.

    Isolated, by Anna Hesly

    Shot taken – Kauai, Hawaii

    Canon EOS 5D Mark II + EF70-200mm f / 2.8L IS USM lens used at 130mm; 1/2500 sec to f2.8; ISO 400

    This lone tree shot was taken on board a helicopter by British Anna Hesly. The tree stands in a cultivated field on the edges of a tropical forest. The man-made straight lines of the ploughed furrows are a contrast to the natural beauty of the unruly tree branches.
  • Painted Waterfall, by Eduardo Blanco Mendizabal.

    Painted Waterfall, by Eduardo Blanco Mendizabal

    Shot taken – Catalonia, Spain

    Canon 5D Mark III + 24-105 mm f.4 lens; 30 sec to f9; Neutral gray filter, tripod.

    This stunning image was captured by Spanish Eduardo at the foot of the La Foradada waterfall. The light from the sun beams through the rocks, displays a stunning appearance of the rays painting the sprays from the waterfall.
  • Bond of Brothers, by David Lloyd.

    Bond of Brothers, by David Lloyd

    Shot taken – Unknown

    Nikon D800E + 400mm f/2.8 lens; 1/500th sec at f4.8, ISO 500.

    In a rare moment rarely caught on camera, David captures these adult male Lions nuzzling one another before settling down. These Lions are most likely brothers.
  • Shy, by Pedro Carrillo.

    Shy, by Pedro Carrillo

    Shot Taken – Sulawesi, Indonesia

    Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-180 mm f4.5-5.6 D ED AF Micro lens at 78 mm; 1/250 sec to f16; ISO 100; Seacam housing; Two Seacam Seaflash 150TTL.

    Surrounded by the captivating pattern of a beaded sand anemone swims a juvenile Clarkii Clownfish in Lembeh strait, Indonesia. This anemone is known as the nursery until a more suitable host anemone is found for adulthood.

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  • Family Portrait, by Connor Stefanison.

    Family Portrait, by Connor Stephanison

    Shot taken – Kamloops Canada

    Canon 1D Mark IV + Canon 500mm f4 IS lens; 1/200 sec in f7.1; ISO 1250; Manfrotto monopod.

    Canadian Connor watches a family of owls during nesting season from 50 feet away. The great grey owl and her chicks were nestled In the broken top of a fir tree, where they only looked at their photographer twice during the encounter.
  • One Toy, Three Dogs by Bence Mate.

    One Toy, Three Dogs, by Bence Mate

    Shot taken – Mkuze, South Africa

    Canon EOS-1DX Mark II; Lens of 200-400 mm (equivalent to 35 mm: 197.2-394.3 mm); 1/1800 sec to f4.0; 4000 ISO.

    Hungarian Bence captured this playful image of three wild dog brothers playfully drag the leg of an Impala in three different directions. Adult wild dogs are more knowingly referred to as merciless killers, but their pups are more playful and definitely a lot cuter.
  • Three Kings, by Wim Van Den Heever

    Three Kings, by Wim Van Den Heever

    Shot taken – Falkland Islands

    Nikon D810 + Nikon 24-70 mm f2.8 lens at 40 mm; 1 / 250sec to f11; Nikon SB910 flash.

    Wim from South Africa came across these three king Penguins on a beach in the Falkland Islands while the sun was rising. The three Kinds were captured in a mating ritual, two males circle a female to fight for her attention, using their flippers to fend one another off.
  • Under the Snow, by Audren Morel

    Under the Snow, by Audren Morel

    Shot taken – Les fourgs, France

    Nikon D7200 + Nikon 300mm f4 lens; 1/1600 sec to f4 (-0.7e / v); ISO 500

    Frenchman Audren was taking photographs of birds when this little squirrel came along and sat on the bark unafraid of the snow blizzard. So impressed with the squirrels endurance, Audren made it the subject of the photo.
  • The Orphaned Beaver, by Suzi Eszterhas.

    The Orphaned Beaver, by Suzi Eszterhas

    Shot taken – Arlington Washington

    Canon 1DX + 24-70mm f2.8 lens; 1/200 sec to f3.5; ISO 1600

    American Suzi took this image of an orphaned Northern American Beaver at the Sarvey wildlife centre in Washington. The one-month old Beaver being held here by one of the wildlife centre caretakers, was lucky to be paired with a female beaver, that took on the role as its mother. Kit the Orphaned Beaver was later successfully released into the wild.
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  • Fox Meets Fox, by Matthew Maran.

    Fox meets Fox, by Matthew Maran

    Shot taken – North London

    Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 70-200mm f2.8 IS II USM lens; 1/500 sec to f4.0; ISO 800.

    After over a year of photographing fox’s in his home city, Matthew was determined to capture this shot after discovering the graffiti. His persistence finally paid off after hours and numerous failed attempts to capture this piece.
  • Ambush, by Federico Veronesi.

    Ambush, by Federico Veronesi

    Shot taken – Chitake Springs, Zimbabwe

    Nikon D810 + lens 400mm f2.8; 1/1000 sec to f5 (-1e / v); ISO 140

    Kenyan born Federico watched an old Lioness ambush a Warthog in Mana Pools national park. The Lioness had been waiting to ambush any animal that passed her line of sight. Frederico managed to capture her just at the right moment as she descended from the top of the riverbank.
  • The Bat's Wake, by Antonio Leiva Sanchez

    The Bat’s wake, by Antonio Leiva Sanchez

    Shot taken – Leida, Spain

    Canon7D Mark II + Tamron 18-270 mm f3.5-6.3 lens; 1/13 sec to f10; ISO 200; Infrared barrier; Metz 58 AF-1 flash; E-TTL flash cable.

    Using a technique of high-speed photography with flashes along with continuous light, Spanish Antonio managed to create the ‘wake’. Antonio had been researching greater mouse eared Bat’s when he was lucky enough to capture this shot of the Bat mid-flight.
  • Gliding by Christian Vizl, Mexico.

    Gliding, by Christian Vizl

    Shot taken – Bimini, Bahamas

    Canon 5D Mark II + 16-35mm f2.8 lens; 1/200 sec on f9; ISO 200; Aquatica homes.

    The most perfect conditions allowed Christian from Mexico to capture this very rare image of a nurse shark gliding through the ocean. These nurse sharks spend most of their time at the bottom of Oceans resting along the sand, making this image all the more spectacular.
  • Unique Bill, by Rob Blanken

    Shot taken – Friesland, The Netherlands

    Nikon D500 + AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f1: 5.6 E ED 250mm lens; 1/200 sec to f6 (+ 2 2/3); ISO 800.

    This beautiful portrait of a Pied avocet was taken by Dutchman Rob from a hide in the Northern province of Friesland in the Netherlands. The pied avocet uses its unique and delicate bill to sift for food in shallow brackish waters.
  • Otherworldly, by Franco Banfi.

    Otherworldly, by Franco Banfi

    Shot taken – Coast of Isla Espiritu Santo, Mexico

    Canon 5DS + lens 8-15 mm f / 4; 1/4 sec to f11; ISO 160; Isotta housing; Seacam Seaflash 150; Two strobe lights

    Swiss national Franco manages to capture this stunning shot of a school of Monks devil ray. by using the lighting from beneath his boat and a long exposure. The image shows the Ray feeding on plankton in the middle of the night.
  • The Extraction, by Konstantin Shatenev.

    The Extraction, by Konstantin Shatenev

    Shot taken – Russia

    Canon1DX + EF300 f4IS USM lens; 1/1250 sec to f13; ISO800

    From a boat Russian Konstantin manages to capture this image of two Steller sea eagles retrieving a dead fish that had been thrown onto the ice. Every winter hundreds of these birds migrate from Russia to the relatively ice-free North-eastern coast of Hokkaido, Japan. These birds hunt for fish amongst the high floes but are also known to scavenge, often following boats to feed on any discarded food.
  • Ice and Water, by Audun Lie Dahl

    Ice and Water, by Audun Lie Dahl

    Shot taken – Svalbard Archipelago, Norway

    DJI Phantom 4 pro lens + 24 mm; 1/120 sec af 6.3; ISO 100. Panorama of 3 images.

    This stunning shot was taken from a drone by Norwegian Svalbard. The Brasvellbreen glazier moves southwards from one of the ice caps covering the Svalbard Archipelago. The glaziers are so high that only the waterfalls are visible where the Glazier meets the sea. The drone enabled Audin to capture the Glazier from this stunning perspective.
From the hand of the Natural History Museum of London and the contest Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the LUMIX awards are granted by the public, and which seeks to recognise the images the images best valued by the public during the edition of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year of this year 2018.

Now, fans of wildlife photography from around the world can choose their favourite from among the 25 images pre-selected by the Museum of Natural History among the more than 45,000 photographs submitted to the contest by photographers from more than 95 different countries. The voting, which can be done online through the following link, will remain open, until 2:00 pm on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

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