Explosion creation: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 won by shot of fish mating frenzy

Laurent Ballesta's winning image, Creation, captures the rare sight of camouflage groupers leaving a mating frenzy which occurs once a year under a full moon (Image credit: Laurent Ballesta / Wildlife Photographer of the Year)

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.

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar, Space.com, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.