Chinese photographer named Wildlife Photographer of the Year

James Marshall
October 18, 2019

Sharing the picture on its official social media handle, Natural History Museum wrote, "Yongqing Bao is our #WPY55 grand title victor, selected by our judges from over 48,000 entries".

The image, aptly titledThe Moment, was captured by Chinese photographer Yongqing Bao in the Qilian Mountains, which borders the Qinghai and Gansu provinces. Combining humour and horror, the image captures an unforgettable and unique moment between a Tibetan fox and a marmot, the thread of energy between their raised paws holding them in perpetual balance.

Natural History Museum director Sir Michael Dixon said: "This compelling picture captures nature's ultimate challenge - its battle for survival".

Roz Kidman Cox, the chair of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year judging panel, said the image is "simply the ideal moment" in a statement.

"At a time when precious habitats are facing increasing climate pressures, seeing these fleeting yet fascinating moments reminds us of what we need to protect". After inheriting his father's old underwater camera, Cruz found the ideal medium to express his passion for all things aquatic.

"To dive in the pitch dark, find this attractive squid and to be able to photograph it so elegantly, to reveal its wonderful shapes and colours, takes so much skill". What a resounding achievement for such a young photographer'.

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The tense moment a terrified marmot met a hungry, steely-eyed fox has won the top prize in this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards.

Associate sponsors for the upcoming exhibition at the Natural History Museum are renewable energy company Ørsted and digital camera manufacturer, Panasonic LUMIX.

This year, the photographers behind these pictures climbed coastal cliffs in Norway, trekked through the jungles of Costa Rica, and dove deep into the waters of Indonesia to observe animals' struggles to survive and get a decent meal.

Among the category winners was Thomas Easterbook, now 11, from Buckinghamshire, who won the 10 years and under section of the competition for a shot of a hummingbird moth he captured on holiday in France.

The full collection of winning photographs will be shown at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition which will run from Friday 18 October 2019 to Sunday 31 May 2020 at the Natural History Museum in London.

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