The renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year announced its 2018 winners in October, but the competition wasn’t over right then and there. The LUMIX People’s Choice Award, which is newly named for the 2018 contest, has just announced the winning and highly commended wildlife images selected from a shortlist of 25. Taking home the top prize is David Lloyd for his touching photograph of two male adult lions greeting each other by nuzzling faces.
The beautiful black and white photograph was captured while Lloyd was in the Serengeti and highlights a different aspect of this ferocious animal. “I’m so pleased that this image did well because it illustrates the emotion and feeling of animals and emphasizes that this is not limited to humans,” shared Lloyd. “It is something I think more people need to be aware of for the sake of all animals.”
Indeed, it was Lloyd’s ability to capture the complexity of social interactions within the animal kingdom that helped set his work apart. Four other photographs were honored with the Highly Commended title, each image diverse in its mood. From a heartbreaking photograph of a polar bear struggling to survive in the Canadian Arctic to a pack of African wild dog pups playfully romping about, each photograph is a unique look at global wildlife.
Lloyd’s winning photograph will be on display as part of the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which runs until June 30, 2019. As the public enjoys these newly revealed winners, the 2019 contest is already in full swing. An expert panel is currently judging work in anticipation of a winner’s announcement in October 2019.
My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Wildlife Photographer of the Year / Natural History Museum.
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