These wildlife photography winners showcase the beauty and cruelty of nature

The wildlife photos have been coming thick and fast lately.

First we had the highly commended entires in the Wildlife Photography of the Year Awards, then we had the Comedy Wildlife Photography of the Year Awards, and this week we had the microscopic entries for the Nikon Small World Photomicography Competition.

Now, we have even more photos from the Wildlife Photography of the Year Awards — and this time it’s the winners.

On Tuesday night, the competition – which is run by London’s Natural History Museum – announced the winning entries across 17 categories, including the overall winner of the entire contest.

Before we dive into the photos, a quick warning: Although many of the entries below showcase nature’s beauty, they also show its more brutal side — and there are two photojournalism winners, right at the bottom, that show animals in captivity.

'The embrace' by Sergey Gorshkov, Russia. Winner of 'Animals in their environment' and overall competition winner.

‘The embrace’ by Sergey Gorshkov, Russia. Winner

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Photos of Japan’s Okayama Castle Showcase Its Enchanting Beauty

Okayama Castle

From its ancient temples and breathtaking nature to its colorful city life, Japan is full of wondrous beauty. Photographer Yukari Mitani travels around his home country snapping and sharing photos of some of its most charming locations. His most recent adventure brought him to the historic Okayama Castle in the city of Okayama, where he captured its beauty at night.

Okayama Castle—also known as “Crow Castle” because of its black exterior—has a history dating back centuries. It was built in 1597 under the direction of Hideie Ukita, a daimyo (lord) of the Sengoku period. It was used as a military facility, but it was also the main headquarters for merchants and craftsmen to meet and work on developing Okayama city. Hideie was eventually captured by the Tokugawa Clan and exiled to the island prison of Hachijo, so the castle passed on to Kobayakawa Hideaki, also a daimyo.

Much of the

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Eternal Beauty review: A perfect showcase for Shape of Water star Sally Hawkins

Guillermo del Toro once said that when he casts a movie, he casts eyes. The main eyes in his Best Picture winner The Shape of Water belong to Sally Hawkins, and they’re impossible to confuse with anyone else’s. There’s a warmth to her face that’s used well in films like Paddington and Happy-Go-Lucky, but there’s a brittleness to her features, too. Her forehead always seems furrowed in sadness or concern, even when she’s smiling, as if she could break down at any moment. Her latest role, as the lead in Craig Roberts’ Eternal Beauty, takes full advantage of that dangerous, fragile quality.

Hawkins stars as Jane, a woman struggling with schizophrenia and depression. Her visits to her doctor, who reproaches her for saying she’s “doing fine” instead of “doing better,” are fruitless, and her medication isn’t making her feel any better. Her family — her mother Vivian (Penelope

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Bolivian women skateboard in Aymara garb to showcase culture

The traditional bowler hats, blouses and long, plaited “pollera” skirts of the young women contrast with the skateboards under their feet as they swoop back and forth on the ramp in Bolivia’s largest city

LA PAZ, Bolivia — The traditional bowler hats, bright blouses and long, plaited “pollera” skirts of the young women contrast with the skateboards under their feet as they swoop back and forth on the skate ramp in Bolivia’s largest city.

The girls of the collective “ImillaSkate,” a mixture of Aymara and English meaning girl and skateboarding, wear the Indigenous dress of their grandmothers to showcase their culture and promote the sport among women.

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