Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022: the winning pictures

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022
(Image credit: Karine Aigner / Wildlife Photographer of the Year)

A buzzing ball of cactus bees and a photo of a baleen whale impressed judges at this year's Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards. The two winners were selected from a staggering 38,575 entries submitted from 93 different countries based on the narrative, technical excellence, and composition of the image.

Earning the top spot in the adult competition is American photographer Karine Aigner for her photo (above) of a ball of cactus bees taken on a ranch in Texas, USA. The photo depicts a group of male bees who are all (except one) competing to mate with the female at the center of all the fuss. Like so many species of bees, cactus bees are at risk due to the constant threat of climate change, farming, and habitat loss that disrupt their nesting ground making it harder to reproduce.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.