It is, without a doubt, one of the most important photography contests in the world and with the greatest impact. We talk about Wildlife Photographer of the Year that offers us what happens to be the best images of nature and wildlife of the year. A few weeks ago we showed you some of the finalists and now we finally meet the winners of the 2021 edition, among the ones who there are three Spaniards.

As many of our readers will already know, this contest is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum in London in order to reward images that “celebrate the captivating beauty of the natural world and highlight crucial ecosystems, many of which are in danger of extinction“.


‘Out of the black’ by Cristobal Serrano (Spain). Highly commended in category ‘Animal Portrait’. Cristobal Serrano / Wildlife Photographer Of The Year.

To this end, in its 57th edition the organization received more than 50 thousand photos participants (similar number to the previous year) from 95 countries, which were framed in 19 categories, three of them new: ‘Oceans’, ‘Wetlands’ and ‘Natural Art’.

Among all these photos, the jury (among which was the Spanish Javier Aznar González de Rueda) chose the final winners starting with the one who wins the main prize, endowed with ten thousand pounds and the title of ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year‘, which this year was for the French photographer and biologist Laurent crossbow for the photo that you have already seen on the cover.

The “phantom leopard” and other striking winning images of the MontPhoto 2021 international nature photo and video contest

Its titled ‘Creation‘and shows the frenzied mating ceremony of a few groupers in French Polynesia. Something that only occurs once a year in shallow waters, on the full moon in July, and it barely lasts an hour; therefore it cost Ballesta and his team five years capture the moment. A take that, for the jury, is’it works on so many levels: it’s amazing, energetic and intriguing, and it has an otherworldly beauty. It also captures a magical moment, a truly explosive creation of life, leaving the end of the egg exodus hanging for a moment like a symbolic question mark.‘.

  C Jose Juan Hernandez Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

‘Dead-tree fungus’ by José Juan Hernández (Spain). Highly Commended in the ‘Plants and Fungi’ category. Jose Juan Hernandez / Wildlife Photographer Of The Year.

Unfortunately, despite the fact that there were two Spaniards who were competing for this grand prize, finally our country had to settle for three awards in both categories (in addition to several nominations), which is not bad at all. Specific, Javier Lafuente won in the ‘Wetlands’ category, Angel Fitor the best ‘Wildlife Portfolio of the Year’ and Andrés Luis Dominguez Blanco the award for the best ‘Young Wildlife Photographer from 11 to 14 years old’.

This year, once again, the awards ceremony was carried out online, but the usual exhibition is being held at the Natural History Museum in London, which will open its doors this year. Friday, October 15, 2021 and then you will travel to other countries (including Denmark, Canada, the United States, and Australia).

We, as always, we congratulate all the winners and we leave you with the winning photos of each category, not without strongly recommending visiting their website to see many more amazing photographs of nature and wildlife.

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Winner in the category ‘Under water’ and Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021

Laurent Ballesta (France) with the photo ‘Creation’:

  C Laurent Ballesta Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Laurent Ballesta / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winner of the ‘Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020’ award (and category 15-17 years old)

Vidyun R Hebbar (India) with the photo ‘Dome home’:

  C Vidyun R Hebbar Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Vidyun R Hebbar / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winner in the category ‘Young Wildlife Photographer – 11 to 14 years old’

Andrés Luis Dominguez Blanco (Spain) with the photo ‘Sunflower songbird’:

  C Andres Luis Dominguez Blanco Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Andrés Luis Dominguez Blanco / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winner in the category ‘Young Wildlife Photographer – 10 years or less’

Lasse Kurkela (Finland) with the photo ‘High-flying jay’:

  C Lasse Kurkela Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Lasse Kurkela / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winner in the category ‘Animals in their environment’

Zack Clothier (USA) with the photo ‘Grizzly leftovers’:

  C Zack Clothier Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Zack Clothier / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winner in the category ‘Animal Portraits’

Majed Ali (Kuwait) with the photo ‘Reflection’:

  C Majed Ali Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Majed Ali / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winner in category ‘Behavior of invertebrates’

Gil Wizen (Israel / Canada) with the photo ‘Spinning the cradle’:

  C Gil Wizen Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Gil Wizen / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winner in the category ‘Bird Behavior’

Shane Kalyn (Canada) with the photo ‘The intimate touch’:

  C Shane Kalyn Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Shane Kalyn / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winner in category ‘Mammals Behavior’

Stefano Unterthiner (Italy) with the photo ‘Head to head’:

  C Stefano Unterthiner Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Stefano Unterthiner / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winner in the category ‘Behavior of amphibians and reptiles’

João Rodrigues (Portugal) with the photo ‘Where the giant newts breed’:

  C Joao Rodrigues Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

João Rodrigues / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winner in category ‘Natural art’

Alex Mustard (UK) with ‘Bedazzled’ photo:

  C Alex Mustard Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Alex Mustard / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winner in category ‘Oceans’

Jennifer Hayes (USA) with the photo ‘Nursery meltdown’:

  C Jennifer Hayes Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Jennifer Hayes / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winner in the category ‘Plants and Fungi’

Justin Gilligan (Australia) with the photo ‘Rich reflections’:

  C Justin Gilligan Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Justin Gilligan / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winner in the category ‘Urban Life’

Gil Wizen (Israel / Canada) with the photo ‘The spider room’:

  C Gil Wizen 3 Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Gil Wizen / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winner in category ‘Wetlands’

Javier Lafuente (Spain) with the photo ‘Road to ruin’:

  C Javier Lafuente Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Javier Lafuente / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winner Best Journalistic Wildlife Photo 2021

Adam Oswell (Australia) with the photo ‘Elephant in the room’:

  C Adam Oswell Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Adam Oswell / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winner of the award Best Wildlife Photojournalistic Series 2021

Brent Stirton (South Africa) with the photo ‘The healing touch, from Community care’:

  C Brent Stirton Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Brent Stirton / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winner in the category ‘Emerging Portfolio’

Martin Gregus (Canada / Slovakia) with the photo ‘Cool time, from Land time for sea bears’:

  C Martin Gregus Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Martin Gregus / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winner in the category ‘Wildlife Portfolio of the Year’

Angel Fitor (Spain) with the series ‘Face-off, from Cichlids of Planet Tanganyika’:

  C Angel Fitor 1 Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Angel Fitor / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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