Winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020

James Marshall
October 15, 2020

The Russian photographer took 11 months to capture this moment with hidden cameras.

In a recorded address for the prize ceremony on Tuesday evening, Kate, 38, said, "It is so wonderful to be back at the re-opened Natural History Museum where we can all enjoy its treasures once again".

"It's a scene like no other, a unique glimpse of an intimate moment deep in a magical forest", the chair of the judging panel Roz Kidman Cox told the Natural History Museum.

The Embrace. Grand Title Winner and Animals in their Environment Winner: A tigress hugs an ancient Manchurian fir, rubbing her cheek against the bark to leave secretions from her scent glands.

Amur tigers were hunted nearly to extinction in the last century, said Tim Littlewood, jury member and the Natural History Museum's executive director of science, and are still threatened by poaching and logging.

Winners were announced at an online awards ceremony featuring Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, Tuesday, with Gorshkov claiming the top prize.

Kate is set to announce the victor of this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition with the award's first virtual ceremony.

"Harnessing the uniquely emotive and impactful power of photography, Wildlife Photographer of the Year works in partnership with the photographic community to inspire millions of people around the world each year to think differently about their relationship with nature and become advocates for the planet", a statement about the competition reads.

"The sharp focus on the fox's face leads us straight to where the action is".

Kate Middleton unveiled the victor of the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year in a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, saying that the contest's participants help provide "a moving and fascinating insight into the beauty and vulnerability of life on our planet".

The Duchess is Patron of the Natural History Museum.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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