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

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    Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Behaviour: Mammals

    Winner: Joe McDonald, USA

    Joe McDonald / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

    Joe McDonald / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

    The spat
    For several hours, the noisy sounds of courtship and mating were all Joe was treated to as he sat, sweltering in the hot sun, in a boat on the Three Brothers River in Brazil’s Pantanal. So when the female jaguar finally emerged from the undergrowth and walked down to the river to drink, Joe was grateful for the photo opportunity. But that was just a start.

    After slaking her thirst, the female flopped down on the sand. Then the male appeared. After drinking and scent-marking, he approached the female, who was lying in what appeared to be a pose of enticement. At least, that’s what both Joe and the male thought.

    She rose, growled and suddenly charged, slamming the male back as he reared up to avoid her outstretched claws. His own claws were sheathed. ‘I couldn’t believe the energy and intensity of those three seconds,’ says Joe. The pair then disappeared into the undergrowth to resume their courtship, leaving Joe with a sense of awe and a rare, winning image.

    Canon EOS-1D Mark IV + 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 lens at 170mm; 1/640 sec at f5; ISO 800.

    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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