Laurent Ballesta/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Wildlife Photographer of the Year
    The winning images from the Natural History Museum, London's Photographer of the Year annual contest have been chosen from more than 50,000 entries from 95 countries.<BR><BR>French photographer Laurent Ballesta was awarded the grand title as Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 for his extraordinary image of a trio of camouflage groupers exiting their milky cloud of eggs and sperm in Fakarava, French Polynesia.
    Laurent Ballesta/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Photojournalism

    Photojournalism
    Australian Adam Oswell drew attention to what he saw as an exploitive scene with zoo visitors watching a young elephant perform under water with this image that won the Photojournalism category.
    Adam Oswell/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Winner, Behavior: Mammals

    Winner, Behavior: Mammals
    Stefano Unterthiner won the Behavior: Mammals category with this photo of two Svalbard reindeer battling.
    Stefano Unterthiner/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Urban Life

    Urban Life
    Israeli Canadian photographer Gil Wizen won the Urban Life category with his photograph of the hand-sized Brazilian wandering spider, one of the world's most venomous spiders, he found under his bed.
    Gil Wizen/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Behavior: Invertebrates

    Behavior: Invertebrates
    Israeli Canadian photographer Gil Wizen won the Behavior: Invertebrates category with his image of a fishing spider stretching out silk from its spinneret to weave into its egg sac.
    Gil Wizen/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • 15-17 Years

    15-17 Years
    Finnish photographer Lasse Kurkela's image of a Siberian jay flying to the top of a spruce tree to stash its food won the 15-17 Years category.
    Heikki Kurkela/Lasse Kurkela/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Photojournalist Story Award

    Photojournalist Story Award
    Brent Stirton of South Africa won the Photojournalism Story Award for his profile of workers at a rehabilitation center caring for chimpanzees orphaned because of the bush meat trade.
    Brent Stirton/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Wetlands - The Bigger Picture

    Wetlands - The Bigger Picture
    Spanish photographer Javier Lafuente's winning image in the Wetlands - The Bigger Picture category shows a stark, straight line of a road slicing through the curves of a wetland landscape.
    Javier Lafuente/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Behavior: Amphibians and Reptiles

    Behavior: Amphibians and Reptiles
    Joao Rodrigues took first place in the Behavior: Amphibians and Reptiles category with his image of a pair of courting sharp-ribbed salamanders in a flooded forest.
    Joao Rodrigues/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Natural Artistry

    Natural Artistry
    Alex Mustard discovered a juvenile ghost pipefish hiding among the arms of a feather star to make this winning photo in the Natural Artistry category.
    Alex Mustard/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Behavior: Birds

    Behavior: Birds
    Canadian photographer Shane Kalyn's photo of a raven courtship display at the start of the breeding season won the Behavior: Birds category.
    Shane Kalyn/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year
    Ten-year-old Vidyun R Hebbar from India was awarded the grand title of the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his image of a tent spider captured as a tuk-tuk passes by in India.
    Vidyun R Hebbar/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Oceans: The Bigger Picture

    Oceans: The Bigger Picture
    American photographer Jennifer Hayes' winning photo in the Oceans: The Bigger Picture category shows blood-stained sea ice after harp seals gave birth.
    Jennifer Hayes/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Animal Portraits

    Animal Portraits
    Majed Ali from Kuwait won the Animal Portraits category by capturing the moment a mountain gorilla closed its eyes in the rain.
    by Majed Ali/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Plants and Fungi

    Plants and Fungi
    Australian Justin Gilligan created a reflection of a marine ranger among seaweed for the winning image in the Plants and Fungi category.
    Justin Gilligan/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Animals in their Environment

    Animals in their Environment
    American Zack Clothier set up a camera trap near bull elk remains and captured this first-place image of a grizzly bear for the Animals in their Environment category.
    Zack Clothier/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Rising Star Portfolio Award

    Rising Star Portfolio Award
    Canadian Martin Gregus photographed polar bears as they came ashore on a summer day as part of his winning Rising Star Portfolio Award.
    Martin Gregus/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • 11-14 Years

    11-14 Years
    Andres Luis Dominguez Blanco Of Spain captured a warbler singing among sunflowers in his winning image for the 11-14 Years category.
    Andres Luis Dominguez Blanco/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Portfolio Award

    Portfolio Award
    Spaniard Angel Fitor's image of two cichlid fish is part of his winning portfolio documenting 240 species of cichlid fish in Lake Tanganyika.
    Angel Fitor/Wildlife Photographer of the Year