The Glance, by Jami Tarris / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

  • BY AG Staff |
  • October 23, 2012

The winners of the most prestigious photography contest in the world have been announced.

THE CHAOTIC WORLD of penguins captured in an underwater bird's eye view is the subject of the overall winner of the most prestigious wildlife photography contest in the world: the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012.

Paul Nicklen's 'bubble-jetting emperors' at the edge of the Ross Sea in Antarctica was a stand-out for the judges this year, who felt the photo portrayed a spectator's view of the energy and life of penguins in a unique way. 

"I love this image because it shows perfectly organised, infinite chaos," said judge underwater photographer David Doubilet, in a statement: "My eyes linger over it trying to absorb everything that’s going on here."

Other notable entries include black-crested macaques with piercing yellow eyes, a 'spirit' bear (a white-coated black bear) in the Canadian forest, and an eagle chasing a fox.  

Now in its 48th year, the competition attracted more than 48,000 entries from 98 countries. The contest was founded in 1965 by the BBC Wildlife Magazine and in 1984 joined forces with the Natural History Museum in London.

The exhibition will travel to Australia in 2013, but in the meantime, can be seen at the Natural History Museum, London from 19 October 2012 until 3 March 2013.


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