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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015

The annual exhibition showcasing the best wildlife photography from around the world opens its doors tomorrow

The 2015 winners of the world's most prestigious wildlife photogaphy competition will be on display at London's Natural History Museum from 16 October. This year's finalists and winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year celebrate the natural world but also highlight threats, such as climate change, poaching and wildlife exploitation. Here are some of the 2015 category winners.  

A WHALE OF A MOUTHFUL

Michael AW's captivating image of a Bryde's whale ripping through a bait ball of sardines came out top in the Under Water category 

An imposing Bryde’s whale rips through a mass of sardines, gulping hundreds in a single pass. Photographing this feeding frenzy was a real challenge for Michael. Already knocked clean out of the water by whales on two occasions, he just managed to stay out of the way during this encounter. This scene happened during the annual sardine run, when billions of sardines migrate along South Africa’s Wild Coast, attracting predators such as gannets, dolphins and sharks along the way. Bryde’s whales are among them. This species tends to exploit the activities of other predators, swimming through and engulfing the fish they have herded.

 Michael-AW Underwater

 

 

By the light of the moon

Norway's Audun Rikardsen took home the Portfolio Award for his incredible set of images

Audun knew exactly when in autumn the brown trout congregate to spawn in this Arctic river. Struggling with the ice forming on his equipment and his skin, he used flashes beneath the surface and his camera positioned just above to capture this fish hanging in shallow water, bathed in moonlight and the northern lights. After years at sea, this brown trout will have returned to the same river it hatched in order to spawn. Gathering in the shallows in late summer, the trout create nests in the gravel to release their sperm and eggs. They spawn at night, to avoid predators such as eagles, which gather along the river bank at this time.

10 Audun Rikardsen Portfolio3 

 

Other Category WInners

 

 

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 exhibition opens on 16 October at the Natural History Museum in London. Adults tickets are £13.50, child and concessions £6.75, children under four, members and patrons the NHM go free.

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