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Twenty-five awe-inspiring photos make up the shortlist for this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year’s People’s Choice Award — and now it’s time to vote for your favourite.
The Natural History Museum in London, England, shared its list of images last week, narrowed down from almost 50,000 entries sent in from 95 countries.
“Wildlife Photographer of the Year’s People’s Choice Award always offers an astounding selection of images, and this year is no different,” said Douglas Gurr, director of the Natural History Museum, in a statement. “We invite the public to join the jury and vote for their favourite; whether breathtaking beauty or a powerful story, it’s sure to be a difficult decision!”
This year’s shortlist includes a wide variety of images that are sure to delight, capture the imagination and, in some cases, make us consider the impact humans have on the natural world.
Among the most striking images is a photo of a clothing rack hanging with clothing fashioned out of the furs of the world’s most endangered big cats.
A polar bear sleeping on an iceberg, a pair of hares that look as though they’re about to smooch, a rescued chimpanzee gazing out through the bars of a cage and a bull elephant kicking up garbage in a landfill, are just a few of the captivating animals caught on film.
The public is now able to vote online for their favourite image through Jan. 31.
The winner and the top four images will then be announced on Feb. 7. They will be displayed online, as well as in the in-person exhibition at the Natural History Museum.
Last year’s winner was Sascha Fonesca, for his image of an elusive snow leopard on a snowy mountaintop in the Indian Himalayas.
Fonesca said it took his bait-free camera trap three years to capture the shot.
His photo won the 2022 competition with a whopping 60,466 votes.
Check out some of the finalists for this year’s award below, and head over to Wildlife Photographer of the Year to see the full list and vote for your favourite.
‘The Grassland Geladas’
‘Swallow Over Meadow’
‘Bull In A Garbage Dump’
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