Now in its 57th cycle, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the world's ultimate competition for showcasing the magic, wonder and also weirdness of nature.
Selected from more than 50,000 entries from 95 countries, the winners of the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition have now been revealed in an online awards ceremony.
This year, the contest was won by French underwater photographer and biologist Laurent Ballesta. His winning image, titled Creation, captures the rare sight of camouflage groupers leaving a mating frenzy. Laurent and his team spent thousands of hours planning and preparing for this underwater shoot, as the mating season is fleeting, lasting only one hour under a full moon and with a waning tide.
"The image works on so many levels: it is surprising, energetic and intriguing, and has an otherworldly beauty," says Rosamund Kidman Cox, editor and Chair of the Jury. "It also captures a magical moment – a truly explosive creation of life – leaving the tail end of the exodus of eggs hanging for a moment like a symbolic question mark."
Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year winner
Vidyun R Hebbar won the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 award, with his image of a tent spider weaving its web, illuminated by a passing tuk-tuk.
Vidyan lives in Bengaluru, India, and enjoys capturing everyday city creatures that are often overlooked. He first entered the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition two years ago and earned a Highly Commended title.
Other category winners
See the exhibition and enter the next competition
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London. The 100 shortlisted images will be showcased in the usual stunning lightbox displays at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum.
The exhibition opens on 15 October 2021, and advance booking is highly recommended (opens in new tab) to secure a ticket. Wildlife Photographer of the Year will also tour across the UK and internationally to venues in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, USA.
The next Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition opens for entries from photographers of all ages, nationalities, and levels on Monday 18 October 2021.
The closing date is 9 December 2021, and an entry fee waiver has been introduced for photographers entering the adult competition who live in 50 nominated countries. Entrants aged 17 and under can enter up to 10 free images.
Find out how to enter here: www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy/competition (opens in new tab)