After receiving over 45 000 entries, the Natural History Museum in London announced its Wildlife Photographer of the Year on 16 October and one of the winners happens to be a young South African.
Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year
In the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year category, South African photographer Skye Meaker took top honours with his image of a female leopard called Mathoja taken in the Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana. Skye is all of 16 years old, but has been snapping away since the age of seven.
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Marsel van Oosten of the Netherlands was awarded the top honour in the adult category for his image of two Qinling golden snub-nosed monkeys in the Qinling Mountains in the Shaanxi Province of China.
Three more South African photographers were recognised on the evening in categories such as Animal Portraits and Behaviour: Mammals.
Isak Pretorius received a Highly Commended for his image a lioness at a watering hole in Zambia in the Animal Portraits category.
Tertius A Gous received a Highly Commended in the Behaviour: Mammals category of a group of meerkats in Namibia’s Brandberg Mountain.
Filmmaker Susan Scott received Highly Commended in the Wildlife Photojournalism Award for her image of two black rhino orphans. The image was taken while working on her latest documentary Stroop: Journey into the Rhino Horn War which has also received high praise of late from various international film festivals.
All the winners will be on exhibition at the NHM from Friday, 19 October. Entries for next year’s competition opens on 22 October and closes on 13 December.
To view the rest of the winners from the evening, visit the NHM’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year gallery.
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Words and Photography Courtesy of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year