Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022 winners

The winners of the Natural History Museum’s prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition were announced at an award ceremony in London on October 11, 2022. The American Karin Aigner won the award for the photo of the year with a wonderful shot of bees. Frenchman Laurent Ballesta, winner of last year’s Photographer of the Year, received the prize in the Portfolio, Story category. Here in photos are the best animal and nature photos with all the winners.

achievement: Olivier Yushchak

  • “Spectacled Bear Thin Look” by Daniel Mideros (Ecuador), Peñas Blancas, Quito, Ecuador. — Daniel Mideros/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Winner in the category “Animals in their environment”: Daniel Mideros (Ecuador)

    A photographer paints a moving portrait of an endangered spectacled bear in the human-altered (anthropized) landscape of the Andes near Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

  • “Puff perfect”, Jose Juan Hernández Martínez (Spain), La Oliva, Fuerteventura, Spain. — Jose Juan Hernandez Martinez/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Winner in the Animal Portrait category: José Juan Hernández Martínez (Spain)

    This is the dizzying courtship of the Canary Wrath. The male returns to the breeding grounds every year to put on spectacular displays.

  • “The big buzz”, Karin Aigner (USA), Texas, USA. — Karine Aigner/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Photographer of the Year and Behavior: Invertebrate Winner: Karin Aigner (United States)

    A group of male bees compete for mating. After a few minutes, the pair in the center – the male holding on to the only female in the fight – flew off to find peace. The world’s bees are threatened by habitat loss, pesticides and climate change.

  • “Listening Bird”, Nick Kanakis (USA), Tatama National Park, Risaralda, Colombia. — Nick Kanakis/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Behavior: Birds Winner: Nick Kanakis (USA)

    Nick spotted a young Grey-breasted Wren feeding. Knowing he would disappear into the forest if he got any closer, he found a clear patch of fallen leaves and waited. Sure enough, a little bird jumped into the frame with its ear pressed to the ground to listen for the little insects.

  • “The Great Rock Chase” by Anand Nambiar (India), Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary, Himachal Pradesh, India. — Anand Nambiar/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Behavior: Mammals Winner: Anand Nambiar (India)

    Unusual angle of a snow leopard charging at a herd of Himalayan goats. Snow leopards are now classified as a vulnerable population due to climate change, mining and hunting.

  • “The Bat Thief” by Fernando Constantino Martínez Belmar (Mexico), Cantemo, Quintana Roo, Mexico. — Fernando Constantino Martinez Belmar/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Behavior: Amphibians and Reptiles Category Winner: Fernando Constantino Martínez Belmar (Mexico)

    Every evening, at sunset, thousands of bats fly out to feed. This is also the time when hungry snakes emerge to catch their prey in the air.

  • “Heavenly Flamingos”, Junji Takasago (Japan), Salar de Uyuni, Daniel Campos Province, Bolivia. — Junji Takasago/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Abstract Nature Winner: Junji Takasago (Japan)

    In the Andes, Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt marsh in the world. It is also one of the largest lithium mines in Bolivia, which threatens the future of these flamingos.

  • A New Life for the Woodpecker, Richard Robinson (New Zealand), Deas Head, Auckland Islands, New Zealand. — Richard Robinson / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Oceans Review Winner: Richard Robinson (New Zealand)

    When the southern right whale is ready to mate, it lies on its back with the male on top, as seen in this picture. The New Zealand population of these whales, known to Māori as tohorā, almost completely disappeared in the 1800s, so each baby brings new hope for the species.

  • “Magic Morels”, Agorastos Papatsanis (Greece), Mount Olympus, Pieria, Greece. — Agorastos Papatsanis/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Winner in the “Plants and Mushrooms” nomination: Agorastos Papatsanis (Greece)

    A fairy-tale scene in the woods of Mount Olympus with these morels illuminated by a ray of sunlight.

  • Shooting Star, Tony Wu (USA/Japan), Kinko Bay, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. — Tony Wu/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Winner in the “Underwater World” category: Tony Wu (USA/Japan)

    The fascinating reproductive dance of a giant starfish.

  • “House of Bears”, Dmytro Koch (Russia), Kolyuchin Island, Chukotka, Russia. — Dmytro Koch/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Winner in the “Urban Fauna” nomination: Dmytro Koch (Russia)

    Because of the retreating ice on which they depend for hunting seals, these polar bears are closing in on a deserted home on Koliutchin Island.

  • The Dying Lake, Daniel Núñez (Guatemala), Lake Amatitlan, Villa Canales, Guatemala. — Daniel Nunez/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Winner in the Wetlands category: Daniel Núñez (Guatemala)

    The contrast between the forest and algae growth on Lake Amatitlan in this drone view. Daniel took this photo to raise awareness of the impact of pollution on Lake Amatitlan, which absorbs approximately 75,000 tons of waste from Guatemala City each year, contributing to the growth of algae.

  • “The Death of Ndakasi”, Brent Stirton (South Africa), Senkwekwe Center, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo. — Brent Stirton/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Photojournalism winner: Brent Stirton (South Africa)

    Brent Stirton shares the latest chapter in the life of Ndakasi, a mountain gorilla who recovered at the age of two months after his family was brutally murdered by the powerful coal mafia thirteen years ago in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

  • “The Cuban connection”, Karine Aigner (USA), Cuba. — Karine Aigner/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Winner in the Photojournalism, History category: Karin Aigner (USA)

    Karine Aigner explores the connection between Cuban culture and songbirds and the future of deeply rooted traditions. During centuries of economic crisis, Cubans caught songbirds to hold bird singing competitions.

  • “Bird Theater”, Mateusz Pesiak (Poland) — Mateusz Pisiak/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Winner in the “Portfolio” nomination: Mateusz Piesiak (Poland)

    A flight of woodcocks passes like a peregrine falcon. Mateusz Pesiak cares about camera angles to create a series of intimate photographs that explore the behavior of birds.

  • “Under the Antarctic Ice”, Laurent Ballesta (France), Adélie Land, Antarctica. — Laurent Ballesta/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Winner in the nomination “Portfolio, story”: Laurent Ballesta (France)

    Laurent Ballesta explores the vast underwater biodiversity through dives and filming that require months of preparation. Winner of the title “Photographer of the Year” last year, this year his work under the ice of Antarctica is being awarded.

  • “Combat Stations”, Kateryna Bee (Italy), Piedmont. — Kateryna Bee/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Category winner Young wildlife photographer of the year » under 10 years: Kateryna Bi (Italy)

    Catherine Bee captures two alpine goats fighting for supremacy in Piedmont, Italy.

  • Out of the Mist, Ismael Domínguez Gutierrez (Spain), Embalse de Los Hurones, Cádiz, Spain. — Ismael Dominguez Gutierrez/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Winner of the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year category for 11-14 year olds: Ismael Domínguez Gutierrez (Spain)

    A monochrome scene of an osprey perched on a dead tree, waiting for the fog to clear, in Cádiz.

  • “The beauty of the mustache”, Katanyu Wuttichaitanakorn (Thailand). — Catania Wuttichaitanakorn/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 15-17 Year Winner: Katanyu Wuttichaitanakorn (Thailand)

    The beauty of Bryda’s baleen whale, which surfaced in Thailand.

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