First look: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 52


From intimate portraits to dramatic landscapes, see how photographers’ passion for the natural world produces startling images.
Opens 21 October.

Discover the stories behind the images in a first look at this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

WPOTYa_WillemKrugerWillem Kruger (South Africa)  Termite Tossing
Finalist – Birds
Using the tip of its massive beak-like forceps to pick up termites, a hornbill flicks insects into the air in the above photograph by Willem Kruger.
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WPOTYb_AudenRikardsenAudun Rikardsen (Norway)  Splitting the Catch
Finalist – Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image
Sometimes it’s the fishing boats that look for killer whales and humpbacks, hoping to locate the shoals of herring that migrate to these Arctic Norwegian waters.
But the whales have also recently started to follow these boats. This image by Auden Rikardsen shows a large male killer whale feeding on herring that have been squeezed out of the boat’s closing fishing net.
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WPOTYc_ImrePotyóImre Potyó  Swarming under the stars
The chaotic swarming of mayflies on Hungary’s River Rába is the subject of Imre Potyó’s stunning image.
For a few days each year – at the end of July or beginning of August – vast numbers of the adult insects emerge from the Danube tributary, where they developed as larvae.
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Discover the stories behind the images in a first look at this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.
more at National History Museum

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