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Wildlife photographer of the year: Lumix people's choice shortlist 2019 – in pictures

Fans of wildlife photographs can pick their favourite for the Lumix-sponsored award from 25 images pre-selected by the Natural History Museum in London. The institution whittled down its shortlist from more than 48,000 submissions from 100 countries. Voting ends on 4 February

  • Winter’s Tale by Valeriy Maleev (Russia)

    Maleev spotted this Pallas’s cat while it was hunting in the Mongolian grasslands. It was bitterly cold day but the fairytale scene cancelled out the cold. Pallas’s cats are no bigger than a domestic cat and they stalk small rodents, birds and occasionally insects

    Photograph: Valeriy Maleev/2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Wildlife photographer of the year: Lumix people's choice shortlist 2019 – in pictures
  • Matching Outfits by Michel Zoghzoghi (Lebanon)

    Michel was in the Pantanal, Brazil, photographing jaguars. One afternoon, as he was on the Três Irmãos River, a mother and her cub crossed in front of his boat. He watched mesmerised as they left the water holding an anaconda with a very similar pattern to their own

    Photograph: 2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • Mother Knows Best by Marion Volborn (Germany)

    While on a bear-watching trip to the Nakina River in British Columbia, Canada, Volborn saw a grizzly bear and her cub approach a tree. The mother bear started to rub against the tree trunk and was followed shortly by the cub as it imitated its mother

    Photograph: Marion Vollborn/2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • Trustful by Ingo

    Arndt (Germany) For more than two years Arndt has followed the pumas of Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile. This female was so used to his presence that one day she fell asleep nearby. On awakening, she glanced at Arndt and he was able to capture this portrait of a relaxed puma

    Photograph: Ingo Arndt/2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • Teamwork by Jake Davis (US)

    Davis was on a boat off the coast of the Great Bear rainforest in British Columbia, Canada, where he watched humpback whales bubble-net feeding. Here the leader whale dives to locate the fish, then the rest of the pod swim in decreasing circles while blowing bubbles, which create a net and trap the fish

    Photograph: Jake Davis/2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • Big Ears by Valeriy Maleev (Russia)

    Maleev was on a summer expedition to the Mongolian part of the Gobi desert when he happened upon a long-eared jerboa. As blood moves through the ears of these usually nocturnal animals, excess heat dissipates across the skin and so the jerboa is able to stay cool

    Photograph: Valeriy Maleev/2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • A Pulsing Sea by David Doubilet (US)

    A school of red-tooth triggerfish form a cloud of silhouettes above a river of convict blennies flowing over the coral in Verde Island Passage, the Philippines. The passage, a strait that separates Luzon and Mindoro islands, is one of the most productive marine ecosystems in the world

    Photograph: David Doubilet/2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • Family Get-together by Michael Schober (Austria)

    Marmots have become accustomed to the presence of humans in Hohe Tauern National Park, Austria, and allow people to observe and photograph them at close range. This behaviour is beneficial for the marmots, as human company deters predators such as golden eagles

    Photograph: Michael Schober/2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • Station Squabble by Sam Rowley (UK)

    Rowley discovered the best way to photograph the mice inhabiting the London Underground was to lie on the platform and wait. He saw them fight over scraps of food dropped by passengers only a handful of times, possibly because food is so abundant. This squabble lasted a split second before one grabbed a crumb and the pair went their separate ways

    Photograph: Sam Rowley/2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • Tender Play by Steve Levi (US)

    It was early March and Levi spotted this mother polar bear and her two cubs after 10 days of looking. They had recently left their birthing den in Wapusk National Park, Canada, to begin the long journey to the sea ice so their mother could feed. After a nap the cubs were in a playful mood

    Photograph: Steve Levi/2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • Bon Appétit by Lucas Bustamante (Ecuador)

    Night hikes through the Ecuadorian jungle are one of Bustamante’s favourite activities. With a keen interest in herpetology, he was overjoyed to spot this labiated rainfrog, which are abundant in the region. It had just captured a baby tarantula and its comical expression said ‘caught in the act!’

    Photograph: Lucas Bustamante/2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • Captive by Marcus Westberg (Sweden)

    A giant panda sits in its cage in a breeding centre in Shaanxi, China. With a growing wild population and no realistic plan of how to breed and raise pandas for re-release into the wild rather than a life in captivity – not to mention lack of habitat being the largest barrier to the continued spread of the wild population – it is unclear how such centres will benefit the species

    Photograph: Marcus Westberg/2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • Losing the Fight by Aaron Gekoski (UK)

    Orangutans have been used in degrading performances at Safari World, Bangkok, and many other locations for decades. Such shows were temporarily stopped in 2004 amid international pressure but they have since resumed – taking place twice a day, every day – with hundreds of people paying to watch the the clever animals box, dance, play the drums and more

    Photograph: Aaron Gekoski,/2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • The Surrogate Mother by Martin Buzora (Canada)

    Elias Mugambi is a ranger at Lewa wildlife conservancy in northern Kenya. He often spends weeks away from his family caring for orphaned black rhinos such as Kitui, pictured. The young rhinos are in the sanctuary as a result of poaching or because their mothers are blind and cannot care for them safely in the wild

    Photograph: Martin Buzora/2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • The Unwelcome Visitor by Salvador Colvée Nebot, (Spain)

    Over several months, Colvée Nebot watched various bird species use the dead flower spike of the agave in Valencia, Spain, as a perch before descending to a small pond to drink. A pair of common kestrels were frequent visitors though each time they came magpies would hassle them

    Photograph: Salvador Colvée Nebot/2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • Meeting Place by Yaz Loukhal (France)

    After a rough journey by sea to the remote Snow Hill island off the east coast of the Antarctic peninsula, Loukhal flew by helicopter and then trekked through thick snow to reach this colony of emperor penguins. His efforts were rewarded with this incredible view

    Photograph: Yaz Loukhal/2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • Training Session by Stefan Christmann (Germany)

    When Christmann came across this penguin couple in Atka Bay, Antarctica, seemingly with an egg, he was surprised as it was too early in the season for egg-laying. Upon closer inspection he discovered the egg was in fact a snowball! Perhaps the diligent couple were practising the egg-transfer skills in preparation for when their real egg arrived. This is possibly the first time this phenomenon has ever been witnessed and documented

    Photograph: Stefan Christmann/2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • Beak to Beak by Claudio Contreras Koob (Mexico)

    Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve in the state of Yucatán is home to Mexico’s largest flock of Caribbean flamingos. This chick, which is less than five days old, will stay in its nest for another day or so before it joins a crèche of other baby birds that wander around the colony searching for food

    Photograph: Caludio Contreras Koob/2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • Dressed for Dawn, Csaba Tökölyi (Hungary)

    Tökölyi had been in a hide all night photographing nocturnal species and their activities, but as the golden light of dawn reflected on the surface of the water, an egret in wonderful breeding plumage stopped close by. The elongated scapular feathers covered the bird as if it was wearing a gown

    Photograph: Csaba Tokolyi/2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • The Humpback Calf by Wayne Osborn (Australia)

    Wayne spotted this male humpback calf and its mother while diving off the Vava’u archipelago in Tonga. The animal kept a curious eye on Osborn as it twisted and turned before returning to its mother periodically to suckle. She was relaxed and motionless 65ft below

    Photograph: Wayne Osborn/2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • Inquisitive by Audun Rikardsen (Norway)

    From a hide on the coast of northern Norway, it took Rikardsen three years of planning to capture this majestic bird of prey in its coastal environment. After some time, the golden eagle became curious of the camera and seemed to like being in the spotlight

    Photograph: Audun Rikardsen/2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • Ocean’s Signature by Angel Fitor (Spain)

    Fitor took this image in the waters off of Alicante, Spain. Immersed in a strong current, an otherwise slightly undulating salp chain twists and turns, forming whimsical shapes. Salps move by contracting, which pumps water through their gelatinous bodies

    Photograph: Angel M Fitor/2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • A Suitable Gift by Marco Valentini (Italy)

    Valentini was in Hortobágyi National Park, Hungary, when he spotted these kestrels displaying typical courtship behaviour. The female has just recovered an offering of a young green lizard from her suitor and in this touching moment she tenderly took hold of his claw

    Photograph: Marco Valentini/2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • Spot the Reindeer by Francis De Andr

    és (Spain) The conditions for photographing the Svalbard archipelago in Norway are extreme but wildlife has adapted to the environment and its freezing temperatures. De Andrés found this composition of white arctic reindeer, which were observing him, curious and charming

    Photograph: Francis De Andres/2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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