Best Wildlife Photography

What makes a wildlife photograph the best? Is it because it’s a tack-sharp, perfectly lit technical masterpiece? A jaw-dropping shot of megafauna? A glimpse of a rarely seen moment from the animal kingdom? A new perspective on ordinary behaviour?

I don’t think there’s one answer. Photography, like all art forms, is largely subjective. Sure, there’s a certain level of skill and knowledge that’s required to take a beautiful wildlife image; composition, exposure, lines, patience, diligence, etc. But what makes a wildlife image the best is really up to you, the viewer.

Well, we’ve certainly given you plenty to look at in Best Wildlife Photography 2018. To close out Canada’s 150th year and usher in the next 150, we looked back on the past seven issues of Best Wildlife Photography and chose images worthy of the designation “the best of the best.” Photographed by talented members of our 70,000-photographer-strong Canadian Geographic Photo Club, these images are the kind that prompted us, as magazine editors, creative directors and designers, to stop and say “Wow!”

Deadlock
The mating rituals of elk are confrontational. A bull elk with a harem of cows and calves will be aggressive in their defense and will battle other bulls for dominance, sometimes to the death.
Photographer: Jim Cumming
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Making tracks
Heavy snow blankets the ground at the Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge, home to this grizzly named Boo.
Photographer: Neal Weisenberg
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Frosty feline
Called the ghost of the north woods, the lynx stays as silent as possible when stalking its prey, which is usually swift snowshoe hares.
Photographer: Chris Gale
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Whiteout
Many animals blend into their native environments, but rarely is their camouflage as uniform as this grey wolf’s.
Photographer: Bill Maynard
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A parliament of owls
Snowy owls congregate on a picnic table at Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm in the spring.
Photographer: Michelle Valberg
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Spring surprise
Nestled into a vivid day lily, this spring peeper could easily be mistaken for tropical fauna, but these tiny tree frogs are suited to the cold. By hibernating under logs and in loose bark, they’re able to range well into the forests of eastern Canada.
Photographer: Brian Robin
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Best Wildlife Photography

more in Canadian Geographic
Special Collector’s Edition – Best Wildlife Photography 2018

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Call of the Wild

Witnessing first-hand the impact of global climate change, Israeli wildlife photographer Roie Galitz talks to Caroline Schmidt about Greenpeace, a photographers’ responsibility and building a career.

” My images should come with a ‘don’t try this at home’ disclaimer as they’re developed from a lot of experience, expert help and time with wildlife. “

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Call of the Wild
more in Digital SLR Photography – Issue 131

First look: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 53

Discover the stories behind the images in a first look at this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.
Explore the world’s best nature photography, highlighting the incredible range of life on Earth. Opens 20 October.
The exhibition of 100 images records the beauty and drama of the natural world, from tiny insects to massive mammals.
This year’s competition attracted almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 92 countries.
See winning images selected by a panel of judges for their creativity, originality and technical excellence.

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First look: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 53
more at National History Museum

Vincent Munier au Tibet | Sur les traces du léopard des neiges

Le grand photographe animalier Vincent Munier s’est rendu dans l’une des dernières régions vierges du globe, le haut plateau tibétain, pour mener une quête d’un genre particulier. Cette zone totalement isolée constitue un sanctuaire préservé pour des espèces endémiques et méconnues. Mais un animal en particulier faisait rêver Vincent : le craintif et reclus léopard des neiges… Il nous raconte ici cette traque de l’impossible.

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Vincent Munier au Tibet
Sur les traces du léopard des neiges

à voir dans Réponses Photo – Octobre 2017

The AIPP Epson State Awards

The AIPP EPSON State Awards, be challenged, be inspired and to take your photography to the next level. Congratulations on taking the leap into the world of photography awards. Here we have paved the path brick by brick to help make your journey as smooth as possible. Good luck!

Landscape photographer Adam Williams has been named overall winner at The 2017 AIPP NSW AUSTRALIAN EPSON Professional Photography Awards
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Illustrative photographer Lisa Saad has been named overall winner at The 2017 AIPP VICTORIAN EPSON Professional Photography Awards
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Pet/Animal photographer Ken Drake has been named overall winner at The 2017 AIPP QUEENSLAND EPSON Professional Photography Awards
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Landscape photographer Aaron Dowling has been named overall winner at The 2017 AIPP WESTERN AUSTRALIAN EPSON Professional Photography Awards
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Illustrative photographer Andrew McConachy has been named overall winner at The 2017 AIPP TASMANIAN EPSON Professional Photography Awards
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Navin Chandra – 2017 AIPP Northern Territory Emerging Photographer of the Year
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Ignacio Palacios APP M.Photog. – 2017 AIPP NSW Science Wildlife and Wild Places Professional Photographer of the Year
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Pamela Jennings APP – 2017 AIPP Western Australian Science Wildlife and Wild Places Professional Photographer of the Year
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Elizabeth Reeves APP AAIPP – 2017 AIPP Queensland Highest Scoring Print
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The AIPP Epson State Awards
more at the Australian Institute Of Professional Photography

India’s Wild West

The Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, India, has one of the largest salt deserts in the world but experiences great change when the monsoon arrives. Dhritiman Mukherjee spent 170 days photographing the unique flora and fauna of this area.

India’s Wild West
more in BBC Earth Asia Edition | Vol 9 Issue 9

From The Ground Up

David Yarrow is perspiring. It’s another sweltering 90-plus degree day in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park and the arid climate is sapping his energy and his patience. The park’s name means “place of dust” and it comprises 150-square miles of flat, largely featureless land on the border of Kenya and Tanzania. Yarrow has come with the hope of photographing lions and perhaps elephants, as he has done many times before. However, during his several days here, wildlife sightings have been sparse. The London-based photographer has repeatedly returned to the park because unlike other African destinations such as Serengeti and Mara national parks, Amboseli is not swamped with tourists—or other photographers.

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David Yarrow gets right in the action
by Robert Kiener

more in Professional Photographer – August 2017