Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013: winners gallery (and how they shot them)

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 winners revealed (and the stories behind them)

Winners of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 competition have been announced, with South African photographer Greg du Toit claiming the overall title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

The team of international judges awarded du Toit the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 title for his image Essence of elephants, a moody nighttime shot of African elephants in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 winners revealed (and the stories behind them)

Greg du Toit / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

‘My goal was to throw caution to the wind,’ says Greg, ‘to abandon conventional photographic practices in an attempt to capture a unique elephant portrait. This image hints at the special energy I feel when I am with elephants.’

Greg beat out nearly 43,000 other entries from photographers in 96 countries to claim the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 award, and his image will be among the other category winners and runners-up in an international exhibition that will start its tour at the National History Museum in London.

Claiming the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 gong for his image Mother’s little headful, 14-year-old Udayan Rao Pawar camped next to a river overnight in order to capture his early morning scene of gharial crocodiles on the banks of the Chambal River in Madhya Pradesh, India.

Udayan Rao Pawar / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

Udayan Rao Pawar / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

Greg’s and Udayan’s images were selected from 18 individual category winners, ranging from displays of peculiar animal behaviour to stunning landscapes.

Entries for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition are submitted by professional and amateur photographers alike.

Click the links below to see our gallery of winners from some of these categories, ranging from Portfolios and Urban Wildlife to Animal Behaviour and Wildlife Photojournalism, Endangered Species and Animals in their Environment, and read the stories behind how they made their amazing pictures.

PAGE 1 – Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 winners revealed
PAGE 2 – Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013: The Eric Hosking Portfolio Award
PAGE 3 – Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013: Animals in Their Environment
PAGE 4 – Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013: Behaviour: Birds
PAGE 5 – Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Behaviour: Mammals
PAGE 6 – Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Behaviour: Cold-blooded animals
PAGE 7 – Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013: Wildscapes
PAGE 8 – Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013: Creative Visions

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