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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Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners capture beauty, struggles of animal life

A dreamy looking Amur tigress rubbing her cheek against an ancient Manchurian fir in the Russian Far East captured top honors in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, held annually by London’s Natural History Museum. It took Russian photographer Sergey Gorshkov more than 11 months to capture the moment, using hidden cameras. The tigress is marking her territory by leaving behind secretions from her scent glands.



a zebra standing on top of a tree: Sergey Gorshkov's winning image shows an Amur tigress hugging an ancient Manchurian fir in the Russian Far East. Sergey Gorshov/Wildlife Photographer of the Year


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Sergey Gorshkov’s winning image shows an Amur tigress hugging an ancient Manchurian fir in the Russian Far East. Sergey Gorshov/Wildlife Photographer of the Year



a cat with its mouth open


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“It’s a scene like no other, a unique glimpse of an intimate moment deep in a magical forest,” said Roz Kidman Cox, chair of the judging panel. 

The Duchess of Cambridge announced the winner in a ceremony live-streamed on Tuesday.

Liina Heikkinen of Finland won Young Wildlife Photographer

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