Above: ‘Dancing in the snow’ taken by Qiang Guo from China © Qiang Guo/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 


ONLINE VOTING HAS now opened for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year’s (WPotY) 2021 People’s Choice Award.

A selection of 25 outstanding images of animals and birds were shortlisted by the Natural History Museum (NHM) from more than 50,000 image entries from 95 countries.

The photographs are currently on display at the WPotY exhibition at the NHM in London until the People’s Choice Award voting ends on February 2, 2022. The winner will then be showcased until the exhibition closes on June 5, 2022.

Bird species featured in the shortlist include golden pheasants (see main image), Clark’s grebes, blackbirds and tragopans, as well as a fascinating interaction between a juvenile bald eagle and a black bear cub in a tree in Alaska.

“The eagle and the bear cub” was taken by Jeroen Hoekendijk from The Netherlands, who explained: “The little cub decided to take an afternoon nap on a moss-covered branch under the watchful eye of a juvenile bald eagle. The eagle had been sitting in this pine tree for hours and I found the situation extraordinary.”

Dr Natalie Cooper, researcher at NHM and member of the WPotY judging panel, said: “The People’s Choice Award offers striking observations of nature and our relationship with it, sparking our curiosity and strengthening our connection with the natural world. It’s an incredible challenge to pick just one of these images, so we’re looking forward to discovering which wild moment emerges as the public’s favourite.”

Vote online for the winner of the People’s Choice Award at: www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy/peoples-choice

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