London’s Natural History Museum announced the winners of the 2018 contest, and the images reveal the abundance, beauty, resilience, and vulnerability of life on Earth.
The winning photos were chosen from more than 45,000 entries from 95 countries for their artistic composition, technical innovation and truthful interpretation of the natural world. The international jury awarded the grand title to Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten for his shot, titled “The Golden Couple.” The breathtaking picture features a pair of endangered golden snub-nosed monkeys in central China’s Qin Ling Mountains.
Roz Kidman Coz, the chair of the judging panel, said in a press release. “It is an artwork worthy of hanging in any gallery in the world.” Golden snub-nosed monkeys only live in this particular part of China, and their numbers are steadily decreasing, mainly because of habitat loss from commercial logging and firewood collection.
Scroll down to check out few of the winning images.
“The Golden Couple” By Marsel Van Oosten
“Cool Cat” By Isak Pretorius
“Pipe Owls” By Arshdeep Singh
“A Bear On The Edge” By Sergey Gorshkov
“Kuhirwa Mourns Her Baby” By Ricardo Núñez Montero
“The Bigger Bite” By Chris Brunskill
“Small World” By Carlos Perez Naval
“Kitten Combat” By Julius Kramer
“Eye To Eye” By Emanuele Biggi
“The Meerkat Mob” By Tertius A Gous
“Autopsy” By Antonio Olmos
“Flight” By Sue Forbes
“Looking For Love” By Tony Wu
“Blood Thirsty” By Thomas P Peschak
“Bed Of Seals” By Cristobal Serrano
“Forest On A Tree” By Antonio Fernandez
“Night Watch” By Kavier Aznar González De Rueda