Wild nature: 21 breathtaking animal pictures

To be in the right place, at the right time. Wildlife photographers need a lot of patience to capture animals in their natural environment. Monkeys, cheetahs, frogs, foxes, bears, crocodiles, vultures, sea lions, cougars, ants, elephants … whether they live in the forest, the sea, the jungle or even at the poles, they are all fascinating in their own way. manner.

Like landscape images, the images of these animals – some of which are threatened by human activity or global warming – have something fascinating about them. Here is a selection of the images that have been honored by the World Nature Photography Awards 2021. The winner of the Grand Prize is the American Amos Nachoum for his image “Facing reality” (Looking at reality in the face), which shows two animals: a leopard seal and a young penguin … with a short life.

Catch me if you can

A leopard seal is hunting a Gentoo penguin in Antarctica.  Photo: Amos Nachoum.
A leopard seal hunting for a gentoping wine in Antarctica. Photo: Amos Nachoum.

How was this striking shot taken? Amos Nachoum says: “For hours I waited for low tide to roll in along a shallow lagoon on a remote island off the Antarctic Peninsula. Like a clockwork, the leopard seal arrived at the lagoon just before low tide. Then he put his head in the water and looked like a rock sitting in the water on the way back.Young penguins only dare to enter the water when it is shallow, and when they got close enough to the seal, it quickly turned its head, grabbed one of the penguins by the legs and took him out into deep water.

And to continue his story:I followed him and swam parallel to him, observing his actions. To my surprise, he released the penguin twice. And each time, the seal chased the penguin again, as if enjoying the game. The terrified penguin tried to escape while the game continued. But soon the end came … “

Wild animals in the sight of talented photographers

Three long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) on a hot day in Bali, Indonesia.  Photo: Tom Vierus.
Three long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) on a hot day in Bali, Indonesia. Photo: Tom Vierus.
An African vulture prepares to swallow the eye of a wildebeest while an African fox waits for an opportunity to eat.  Recorded in Masai Mara, Kenya.  Photo: Ashok Behera.
An African vulture prepares to swallow the eye of a wildebeest while an African fox waits for an opportunity to eat. Recorded in Masai Mara, Kenya. Photo: Ashok Behera.
A brown bear mother and her cubs in a nature reserve in southern Kamchatka, Russia.  Photo: Neelutpaul Barua.
A brown bear mother and her cubs in a nature reserve in southern Kamchatka, Russia. Photo: Neelutpaul Barua.
A Pacific Pippin photographed on a flower.  Photo: Shayne Kaye.
A Pacific Pippin photographed on a flower. Photo: Shayne Kaye.
An orangutan, the largest woody mammal, on Borneo.  Photo: Thomas Vijayan.
An orangutan, the largest woody mammal, on Borneo. Photo: Thomas Vijayan.
A young California sea lion caught on the spot in the Coronado Islands in Baja California, Mexico.  Photo: Celia Kujala.
A young California sea lion caught on the spot in the Coronado Islands in Baja California, Mexico. Photo: Celia Kujala.
A female puma and her babies caught at the scene in Patagonia (Chile).  Photo: Amit Eshel.
A female puma and her babies caught at the scene in Patagonia (Chile). Photo: Amit Eshel.
A polar bear walks alone along a giant wall of ice in the Ice Bay bar in the Svalbard archipelago.  Photo: Christian Tuckwell-Smith.
A polar bear walks alone along a giant wall of ice in the Ice Bay bar in the Svalbard archipelago. Photo: Christian Tuckwell-Smith.
An American crocodile in the water of
An American crocodile in the water in “Gardens of the Queen” in Cuba. Photo: Massimo Giorgetta.
Red ants in Indonesia.  Photo: Chin Leong Teo.
Red ants in Indonesia. Photo: Chin Leong Teo.
Two bull elephants collide in Kenya's Amboseli National Park.  Photo: William Fortescue.
Two bull elephants collide in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. Photo: William Fortescue.
Five male cheetahs cross a flooded river after heavy rain in Kenya's Masai Mara Park in January 2020. Photo: Buddhilini de Soyza.
Five male cheetahs cross a flooded river after heavy rain in Kenya’s Masai Mara Park in January 2020. Photo: Buddhilini de Soyza.
A young toque macaque is fed by its mother.  Photo: Avanka Fernando.
A young toque macaque is fed by its mother. Photo: Avanka Fernando.
A green iguana climbs on vines.  Photo: Patrick Nowotny.
A green iguana climbs on vines. Photo: Patrick Nowotny.
A salad coral photographed during spinning.  Photo: Gabriel Barathieu.
A salad coral photographed during spinning. Photo: Gabriel Barathieu.
A three-month-old female orangutan is being treated by veterinarians at the specialized center in Sibolangit on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia.  Photo: Alain Schroeder.
A three-month-old female orangutan is being treated by veterinarians at the specialized center in Sibolangit on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. Photo: Alain Schroeder.
Boneless frogs and toads for human consumption.  Photo: Bence Mate.
Boneless frogs and toads for human consumption. Photo: Bence Mate.
A rare polar fox with blue fur photographed in Iceland in the middle of winter.  Photo: Vince Burton.
A rare polar fox with blue fur photographed in Iceland in the middle of winter. Photo: Vince Burton.
A diver faces a mackerel school in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico.  Photo: Mike Eyett.
A diver faces a mackerel school in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Photo: Mike Eyett.
An Arabian Red Fox photographed in the night lights of Kuwait City.  Photo: Mohammad Murad.
An Arabian Red Fox photographed in the night lights of Kuwait City. Photo: Mohammad Murad.

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