Including a shot of a gorilla enjoying the rain by a Kuwaiti photographer.. Here are the highlights from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition for 2021

Including a shot of a gorilla enjoying the rain by a Kuwaiti photographer.. Here are the highlights from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition for 2021
Including a shot of a gorilla enjoying the rain by a Kuwaiti photographer.. Here are the highlights from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition for 2021

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — The winning images of this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition have been revealed after a record number of entries were submitted, and a stunning underwater shot has crowned the first prize.

The 57th edition of the competition, organized by the Natural History Museum in London, saw 50,000 entries from 95 countries competing for the prize, including a picture of a poisonous spider hiding under a bed and a fight between two reindeer.

Israeli-Canadian photographer Jill Wizen won the “Urban Wildlife” category after a venomous Brazilian spider was found under his bed.Credit: Gil Wizen/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

French underwater photographer Laurent Ballista was awarded the 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for his photograph of camouflaged groupers amid a cloud of eggs and sperm in the Vakarava Biosphere Reserve in French Polynesia.

Italian photographer Stefano Untertheener won the “Behaviour: Mammals” category for his photograph of two reindeer battling for control.Credit: Stefano Unterthiner/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Ballista has returned to Lake Vakarava for five consecutive years to capture the annual spawning that occurs around the full moon in July. The museum said in a press release Tuesday that the camouflaged grouper is an endangered species that is threatened by overfishing.

Australian photographer Adam Oswell drew attention to the exploitation of elephants in the ‘journalistic’ categoryCredit: Adam Oswell/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

“In what could be a pivotal year for the planet, with lively discussions taking place at COP15 and COP26, Laurent Ballista’s shot serves as a compelling reminder of what we might lose if we don’t address humanity’s impact on our planet,” Natural History Museum director Doug Gurr said in a press release.

The winning photographer of the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year captured a picture of a spider sitting in its web with a tuk-tuk passing by in India.Credit: Vidyun R. Hebbar/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Meanwhile, 10-year-old Indian photographer Vidion Hepar was awarded the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for his photograph of a Cyrtophora spider sitting in its nets, against the backdrop of a tuk-tuk passing by in India.

Winners have been announced in a total of 19 categories, with three new additions being introduced this year, ‘Wetlands’, ‘Oceans’ and ‘Natural Art’.

Kuwaiti photographer Majed Ali’s shot of a mountain gorilla enjoying the rain won the “Animal Pictures” category.Credit: Majed Ali/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Among the other winning photos, Kuwaiti photographer Majid Ali’s shot of a mountain gorilla enjoying bathing in the rain, and American photographer Jennifer Hayes’ lens of a cracked sea ice that was used as a breeding platform for harp seals.

In the ‘Ocean: The Bigger Picture’ category, American Jennifer Hayes won for a shot of a blood-stained sea ice where harp seals were giving birth to their young.Credit: Jennifer Hayes/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The 2022 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition begins on October 18.

 
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