Paul Nicklen/Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

    Winner: "Bubble-jetting emperors" by Paul Nicklen (Canada). A blast of penguins from the depths of the Ross Sea, Antarctica. "It was a fantastic sight as hundreds launched themselves out of the water and onto the ice above me, a moment that I felt incredibly fortunate to witness and one I'll never forget," Nicklen told the contest's sponsors.
    Paul Nicklen/Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

    Commended: "The duel" by Sergey Gorshkov (Russia). In late May, about a quarter of a million snow geese arrive from North America to nest on Wrangel Island, in northeastern Russia, to form the world's largest breeding colony of snow geese. Gorshkov spent two months on the remote island and photographed this duel with an Arctic fox.
    Sergey Gorshkov/Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

    Commended: "Relaxation" by Jasper Doest (Netherlands). In winter, Japanese macaques in the Jigokudani Valley of central Japan congregate in the hot-spring pools, to stay warm and to socialize. The colder it gets in the mountains, the more they head for the pools. Doest found about 30 macaques enjoying a steamy soak, their heads covered in fresh snow.
    Jasper Doest/Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

    Commended: "Crouch, pause, action" by Joe Sulik (USA). Badlands National Park, S.D. "She was crouched in the long grass, all hunched up, watching for prey," Sulik told the contest's sponsors. The bobcat continued to scan, and Sulik continued to watch, hidden in the long grass. A full hour later, the action began.
    Joe Sulik/Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

    Winner: "Warning night light" by Larry Lynch (USA). Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, Fla. "It wasn't going anywhere in a hurry," says Lynch of the reptile to contest sponsors. "So I set my tripod and camera up about 7 meters in front of him and focused on his eyes." Just after sunset, Lynch set his flash on the lowest setting to catch the eye shine in the alligator's eyes.
    Larry Lynch/Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

    Winner: "Ice matters" by Anna Henly (U.K.). Henly was on a boat in Svalbard, an archipelago midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, when she saw this polar bear at around four in the morning. It was October, and the bear was walking on broken-up ice floes, seemingly tentatively, not quite sure where to trust its weight.
    Anna Henly/Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

    Winner: "Practice run" by Grégoire Bouguereau (France). When a female cheetah caught but didn't kill a gazelle calf and waited for her cubs to join her, Bouguereau guessed what was about to happen. He'd spent nearly a decade studying and photographing cheetahs in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, and he knew that the female's behavior meant one thing: a hunting lesson was due to begin.
    Grégoire Bouguereau/Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

    Winner: "Dog days" by Kim Wolhuter (South Africa). An African wild dog sits in the dried up Sosigi Pan, Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Zimbabwe "I have traveled with them, on foot, in the pack itself, running with them as they hunt. It's a privilege, and it's given me a true insight into their life," says Wolhuter.
    Kim Wolhuter/Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

    Winner: "Flight paths" by Owen Hearn (U.K.). Harvest time at Hearn's grandparents' farm draws in the birds of prey to feed on the fleeing small mammals, and it also attracts Owen, with his camera at the ready. ?Seeing this red kite with an airplane in the distance was a moment I couldn't miss," says Hearn.
    Owen Hearn/Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

    Specially Commended: "Lookout for lions" by Charlie Hamilton James (U.K.). Cheetahs sit on a rock in the Gol Kopjes area of the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. "Once the danger had gone," Hamilton says, "they relaxed into a gloriously symmetrical pose, in the middle of a curved rock, under a symmetry of clouds, crowned by a perfectly positioned small cloud at the top."
    Charlie Hamilton James/Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012
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