The Natural History Museum recently announced the winners in the 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, and the photos are stunning.
Wildlife photography can sometimes be very easy. However, in order to capture the type of images that were in the running for the 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, you need to be either incredibly skilled or very lucky.
In fact, a combination of both of those things is probably best.
The images that won the 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest were all truly incredible. Check out some of the top pictures from this year’s contest below.
The overall winner for 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year was Don Gutoski of Canada. His image of the aftermath of a territorial dispute between a red fox and an arctic fox in Wapusk National Park on Hudson Bay was chosen as the winner.
It is a haunting image of what can happen in nature when territories overlap.
The winner in the Birds category was Amir Ben-Dov of Israel. He captured a beautiful photograph of three red-footed falcons on farm land near Beit Shemesh in Israel. The falcons were hunting insects to fuel up for their impending migration.
Although known as social birds, the falcons generally stay in pairs or groups of two parents and one offspring. The falcons in Ben-Dov’s image were two juvenile females and a full-grown male.
One of the most powerful images submitted to the contest came away as the winner in the Underwater category and was taken by Michael AW of Australia. The image is of a Bryde’s whale grabbing a large meal of sardines.
The sardines were grouped together by a pod of dolphins and were being fed upon by a variety of different ocean predators. The whale in the picture was one of five that were taking turns grabbing mouthfuls of sardines and measured over 53 feet long.
Richard Peters of the United Kingdom took one of the most unique images for the Urban category in the 2015 Photographer of the Year contest. There is quite a bit of wildlife that makes a home in urban environments, but many people go unaware of just how much animal action takes place once the sun goes down.
Instead of simply taking a picture of one of the many red foxes that call the gardens of Surrey, England home, Peters managed to capture the shadow of a sly fox on a brick wall in the city.
To see all of the winners and finalists of the 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, check out the Natural History Museum website here.