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Animal attraction: 2013’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year is announced

Posted at 10:15 am, October 16, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment

Sockeye catch © Valter Bernardeschi / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013
‘Sockeye Catch’ © Valter Bernardeschi / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

The internet may be made of cats, but oh don’t we love all creatures great and small. If you need any proof, take a look at the 43,000 entries from 96 countries that entered this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.

If you entered, or you’re just interested (of course you are, there are animals involved) then you’ll be happy to hear that the wait for this year’s winner is finally over. Last night at a gala awards ceremony held at the Natural History Museum, South African photographer Greg du Toit was announced the winner for his unique photo ‘Essence of elephants’, which takes you right onto the African plains and into a herd of elephants.

Greg du Toit, Essence of Elephants
‘Essence of elephants’ © Greg du Toit / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

Fourteen year-old Udayan Rao Pawar was awarded the title of Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his image ‘Mother’s little headful’, which pictures a mother crocodile carrying her remarkably cute young. Udayan camped overnight on the banks of the Chambal River in India to get the picture – sort of makes our own childhood camping efforts look a bit amateur, really.

See more incredible entries in our gallery, or visit the exhibition at the Natural History Museum from October 18

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