The winning images in this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition


The winning images in this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition


The winning images in this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition have been released after a record-breaking number of entries were submitted, with a riveting underwater shot taking home the top prize. Organized by the Natural History Museum in London, the 57th edition of the contest saw 50,000 entries from 95 countries vying for a prize — with shots ranging from a reindeer battle to a venomous spider hiding under a bed.⁠

French underwater photographer Laurent Ballesta was crowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 for his photo of camouflage groupers exiting their milky cloud of eggs and sperm in a biosphere reserve in Fakarava, French Polynesia. Ballesta returned to the Fakarava lagoon five years in a row to capture the annual spawning that takes place around the July full moon. Camouflage groupers are a vulnerable species threatened by overfishing, the museum said.⁠

📸: Laurent Ballesta/Wildlife Photographer of the Year



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