Are These The World’s Favourite Wildlife Shots?


The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition’s People’s Choice Award has just been revealed, along with four more highly commended images. This segment of the prestigious WPotY competition, run by the UK’s Natural History Museum, is a worldwide contest voted for by the public, and sponsored by Panasonic Lumix.

The winners of the main WPotY competition were revealed last autumn, and after that 25 more images were selected by the Natural History Museum from over 45,000 photographs submitted to the 2018 contest. The public then voted on that shortlist via the Natural History Museum’s website and with over 16,000 votes received, surely the Lumix People’s Choice Award has claim to being the most representative wildlife award out there?

© David Lloyd

So now the final five have been selected and the grand winner is David Lloyd’s ‘Bond of Brothers’, illustrating a tender moment of nuzzling between a pair of male lions. David said, “I’m so pleased that this image did well because it illustrates that emotion and feeling is not limited to humans. It’s something I think more people need to be aware of for the sake of all animals.”

David shot the image on a Nikon D800E with a Nikon 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR. The exposure was 1/500sec at f/4.8 and ISO 500, but really, like most wildlife photography, it’s a triumph of planning and patience.

© Matthew Maran

The four Highly Commended images, are also noteworthy, being selected by the public for their creativity, flair and technical skill. Included are Matthew Maran’s excellent street-style shot of an urban fox walking towards graffiti art in London. Matthew’s image was shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, at 1/500sec, f/4 and ISO 800.

© Justin Hofman

Justin Hofman’s distressing image of a starving polar bear in the Canadian Arctic was taken with a Sony A7R II and FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 at 1/160sec, f/5.6 and ISO 250.

© Wim Van Den Heever

Also on the list was Wim Van Den Heever with his beautiful shot of three king penguins on a beach in the Falkland Islands. Wim used a Nikon D810 with Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E, at 1/250sec, f/11 and ISO 50.

© Bence Máté

And last but not least there’s Bence Máté whose image features three painted wolves playing with the leg of an impala. Yum. Bence used a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM, shooting at 1/800sec, f/4 and ISO 4000.

All pictures will be showcased in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Lumix People’s Choice Award exhibition at the Natural History Museum until it closes on 30 June. The 2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is now closed to entres, and the shortlist will be announced in late August.