The Natural History Museum in London has announced the winners of their annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The grand prize went to Yongqing Bao for the above photo entitled “The Moment.” A Tibetan fox startled his marmot prey in the Qilian Mountains of China, and Bao caught the moment for posterity.
Born and raised in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau area, Bao was fascinated by the local wildlife. He is now the Director and Chief Ecological Photographer of the Qilian Mountain Nature Conservation Association of China.
He is also a member of the Qinghai Photographers Association and Deputy Secretary-General of the Qinghai Wildlife Photographers Association. His work has been published in many magazines and newspapers and awarded in several international competitions.
The winner in the Young Photographer of the Year is Cruz Erdmann, for his colorful image of a big-finned reef squid, taken off the coast of Indonesia. Read about the winners at the competition’s website, and see winning photos in the various categories in this gallery. -via reddit