2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year: See the Winning Photos

Click through to see the 2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners, who were selected out of 43,000 entries from 96 countries.

10 photos
Luis Javier Sandoval, Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide
Dive buddy
nLuis Javier Sandoval (Mexico)
nWinner: Behavior: Cold-blooded animals
nThe beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, near Cancún are traditional nesting sites for the endangered green turtle. But as Cancún has also grown as a holiday and dive resort, development has reduced the area available to turtles. The turtles have grown accustomed to seeing people in the water, Sandoval said, which means he has been able to get to know individuals, recognizing them from the markings on their faces. "This metre-long female, grazing on seagrass, took no notice of me, apart from glancing up briefly," he said.
Greg du Toit, Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide
Essence of elephants
nGreg du Toit (South Africa)
nWinner: Wildlife photographer of the year
nGreg du Toit took this shot at a water in Botswana’s Northern Tuli Game Reserve, from aspot (a sunken freight container) that provided a ground-level view. He chose to use a slow shutter speed to create the atmosphere he was after and try "to depict these gentle giants in an almost ghostly way."
Udayan Rao Pawar, Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide
Mother's little headful
nUdayan Rao Pawar (India)
nWinner: Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year
nBefore daybreak, Pawar crept down and hid behind rocks beside the babies. "I could hear them making little grunting sounds," says Udayan. "Very soon a large female surfaced near the shore, checking on her charges. Some of the hatchlings swam to her and climbed onto her head. Perhaps it made them feel safe." It turned out that she was the chief female of the group, looking after all the hatchlings.
Jasper Doest, Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide
Snow moment
nJasper Doest (The Netherlands)
nWinner: Creative Visions
nDoest was trying to capture a shot of the surreal effects created by the arrival of a cold wind when he was greeted by this Japanese macaques. The photo was taken around the hot springs of Jigokudani in central Japan.
The cauldron
nSergey Gorshkov (Russia)
nWinner: Wildscapes
nGorshkov said he "dropped everything and went" to Plosky Tolbachik, one of two volcanoes in the Tolbachik volcanic plateau in central Kamchatka, Russia, to get this photo. The last time the volcano erupted was 36 years ago, he said.
Joe McDonald, Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide
The spat
nJoe McDonald (U.S.)
nWinner: Behavior: Mammals
nMcDonalds said the spat lasted only three seconds. "I couldn’t believe the energy and intensity of those three seconds," he said.
Paul Souders, Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide
The water bear
nPaul Souders (USA)
nWinner: Animals in Their Environment
nSouders scouted for three days in the Hudson Bay in Canada before he spotted this polar bear 30 miles offshore. "I approached her very, very slowly," Souders said, "And then drifted. It was a cat-and-mouse game."
Connor Stefanison, Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide
Lucky pounce
nConnor Stefanison (Canada)
nWinner: The Eric Hosking Portfolio Award
n"Anticipating the pounce – that was the hardest part," Connor said, who had gone Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, in search of wildlife as much as the spectacular landscape. He said he spotted this fox, his first ever, on his last day in the park.
Connor Stefanison, Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide
The flight path
nConnor Stefanison (Canada)
nWinner: The Eric Hosing Portfolio Award
nThis female barred owl had a territory near Stefanison's home in Burnaby, British Columbia. Setting up his camera and lights near one of the owl's favorite perches, Stefanison put a dead mouse on a platform above the camera and waited for the swoop that he knew would come. "She grabbed the mouse, flew back to her perch and began calling to her mate. It is one of the most exciting calls to hear in the wild."
Sticky situation
nIsak Pretorius (South Africa)
nWinner: Behavior: Birds
nThe female red-legged golden orb-web spiders, which can grow to the size of a hand, create colossal conjoined webs up to 1.5 metres in diameter in which the tiny males gather. These are woven from extremely strong silk and are suspended up to six metres above the ground, high enough to catch passing bats and birds, though it’s flying insects that the spiders are after.
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