Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020 was awarded the 'Tiger Embrace'

Kate Middleton will be announcing winner of Natural History Museums Wildlife Photographer of the year.

Sergey Gorshkov was crowned overall victor of Wildlife Photographers of the Year with a shot of a Siberian tigress in a forests in Russia's far east. "It's also a story told in glorious colour and texture of the comeback of the Amur tiger, a symbol of the Russian wilderness", one of the judges said.

Her evening heralding the best of wildlife photography comes just days after her husband Prince William unveiled his environmental Earthshot Prize, showing the two in step with each other as they highlight different ways to both celebrate and protect the natural world. But consider this: the camera-trap that took the winning picture was left in the field for 10 months before its memory card with its precious image file was recovered.

The Duchess of Cambridge announced the winners at an online awards ceremony broadcast from the Museum of Natural History in London on Tuesday night, where an exhibition of the paintings will be on display. It beat out 49,000 other photos that were submitted to this year's competition. "A unique glimpse of an intimate moment deep in a magical forest", said Roz Kidman Cox, chair of the judging panel.


Her message resonated with judges, who selected the victor from more than 49,000 entries in the prestigious annual competition held by the Natural History Museum in London.

The female tiger is seen embracing a tree, rubbing herself up against the bark to leave her scent and mark territory in Leopard National Park.

'The remarkable view of the tiger's immersion in its natural environment gives us confidence, as recent reports suggest that numbers are rising from dedicated conservation efforts. "A great natural history moment captured perfectly". The museum will let only a limited number of visitors following all safety guidelines during COVID-19 to ensure it is a "safe and welcoming experience" to view the photographs in a crowd-free gallery.

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