The Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year, run through the auspices of the Natural History Museum in London, is probably the most prestigious competition in the field of wildlife and nature, attracting in excess of 30,000 entries each year. Past winners read like a who’s who of the world of top nature photographers with names like Thomas Mangelsen, Jim Brandenburg and Frans Lanting to name but a few. This years overall winner is Canadian Paul Nicklen with an amazing underwater shot of Emperor Penguins launching themselves onto the ice as Nicklin photographed from below. The image was taken in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, an area Nicklin knows well as he specialises in photography from polar regions.
If you want to be inspired to get out in the wilds (and in some case not so wild) with a camera take at look at some of the amazing winning and runner-up images on the Natural History Museum web site – click here