This picture may initially make you smile … at least until you realise the marmot is moments away from death.
“Photographically, it is quite simply the perfect moment.”
That’s how chief judge Roz Kidman Cox described the winning entry to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, given out by London’s Natural History Museum, announced.
Now in its 55th year, the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year award celebrates the best in nature photography and photojournalism from around the world. Showcasing a broad range of visual styles, subjects and techniques, the annual competition attracts photographic work from both amateurs and professionals, with this year’s iteration seeing almost 50,000 entries submitted from photographers working in 100 countries across the globe. Click through to see some of the winning entries.