These Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Pics Are Just What We Needed

Rachel Moss
·Reporter at HuffPost UK
·1-min read

While 2020 has been defined by the pandemic for us humans, the animal kingdom has been gloriously oblivious.

This year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has highlighted that it’s business as usual for the natural world, with a hungry fox and a zen-like proboscis monkey among the striking images captured on camera.

The Duchess of Cambridge, patron of the Natural History Museum and a keen photographer herself, announced the winner in the London tourist attraction’s famous Hintze Hall.

Russian photographer Sergey Gorshkov scooped the coveted top prize with his image The Embrace, showing a Siberian tiger hugging a fir tree. Here are some of the other category-winning images:

(Sergey Gorshkov/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA) (Photo: (Sergey Gorshkov/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Sergey Gorshkov/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA) (Photo: (Sergey Gorshkov/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
Mogens Trolle/Wildlife Photographer Of the Year 2020 /PA (Photo: Mogens Trolle/Wildlife Photographer Of the Year/PA)
Mogens Trolle/Wildlife Photographer Of the Year 2020 /PA (Photo: Mogens Trolle/Wildlife Photographer Of the Year/PA)
(Andres Luis Dominguez Blanco/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA) (Photo: (Andres Luis Dominguez Blanco/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Andres Luis Dominguez Blanco/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA) (Photo: (Andres Luis Dominguez Blanco/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Alberto Fantoni/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA)  (Photo: (Alberto Fantoni/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Alberto Fantoni/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA) (Photo: (Alberto Fantoni/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Luciano Gaudenzio/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA)  (Photo: (Luciano Gaudenzio/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Luciano Gaudenzio/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA) (Photo: (Luciano Gaudenzio/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Jaime Culebras/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA)  (Photo: (Jaime Culebras/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Jaime Culebras/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA) (Photo: (Jaime Culebras/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Jose Luis Ruiz/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA)  (Photo: (Jose Luis Ruiz/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Jose Luis Ruiz/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA) (Photo: (Jose Luis Ruiz/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Frank Deschandol/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA)  (Photo: (Frank Deschandol/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Frank Deschandol/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA) (Photo: (Frank Deschandol/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Liina Heikkinen/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA)  (Photo: (Liina Heikkinen/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Liina Heikkinen/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA) (Photo: (Liina Heikkinen/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Songda Cai/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA)  (Photo: (Songda Cai/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Songda Cai/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA) (Photo: (Songda Cai/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Shanyuan Li/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA)  (Photo: (Shanyuan Li/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Shanyuan Li/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA) (Photo: (Shanyuan Li/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Ripan Biswas/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA)  (Photo: (Ripan Biswas/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Ripan Biswas/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA) (Photo: (Ripan Biswas/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Sam Sloss/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA)  (Photo: (Sam Sloss/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Sam Sloss/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA) (Photo: (Sam Sloss/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Gabriel Eisenband/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA)  (Photo: (Gabriel Eisenband/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Gabriel Eisenband/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA) (Photo: (Gabriel Eisenband/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Alex Badyaev/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA)  (Photo: (Alex Badyaev/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))
(Alex Badyaev/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA) (Photo: (Alex Badyaev/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/PA))

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This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.