Through the lens of a skilled nature photographer, wild animals can appear remarkably human.
Among the 25 photos shortlisted for the LUMIX People’s Choice Award for Wildlife Photographer of the Year — the longest-running photography competition in the world — the featured images include a pair of jaguars chowing down on an anaconda, a couple of polar bear cubs having a romp in their mom’s lap, a leopard luxuriating in the sun and two mice duking it out over a spare crumb on a London subway platform.
This year’s top picks, whittled down from an entry pool of 48,000 images, are currently on display at London’s Natural History Museum, which partners with Lumix (a Panasonic brand) for the competition. The winner is ultimately chosen by photography fans around the world.
“The LUMIX People’s Choice images capture the essence of the competition; they all ignite a reaction about the natural world and make you see it differently,” says Tim Littlewood, competition judge and executive director of science at the museum.
“Showcasing breathtaking beauty, compassion and cruelty, it is impossible not to be moved by them — I think everyone who votes has a tough decision to make!”
Can’t get enough of these animated animals? The Natural History Museum in London also sells prints, photo books, calendars, postcards and more, all showcasing each year’s competition highlights.
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