Russian photographer Sergei Gorshkov won 49,000 entries from around the world and won the first prize in the prestigious competition, which took more than 11 months to capture with cameras hidden with the image.
"It's a scene like no other, a unique glimpse of an intimate moment deep in a magical forest", WPY chair of judges Roz Kidman-Cox said.
'The stems of the low winter sun illuminate the ancient fir tree and the fort of the great tiger, because he snatches the trunk in apparent ecstasy and inhales the scent of the tiger in the resin, leaving her identity as her message.
The Siberian tiger, also known as the Amur tiger, is a subspecies of the big cat that can be found in the Russian Far East, northeastern China and potentially into North Korea.
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London, where an exhibition opens on Friday October 16, before touring across the United Kingdom and internationally to venues in countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark and Germany. The photo was clicked at Leopard National Park, in the Russian Far East. Today, although threats from poachers and logging remain, up to 550 Amur tigers roam their old territories. It also won the Animals in their Environment category.
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