The National History Museum has announced that Michael Nichols is the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014, courtesy of an amazing photo of lions resting in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.
Chances are that your computer wallpaper falls into the wildlife photography category. One of the reasons for that is because wildlife is beautiful as mother nature is always producing stunning views.
As a result, there are lots of photo contests seeking for nature’s best scenes. One of the most prestigious wildlife photography contests is organized by the Natural History Museum in London, UK.
In 2014, the competition has returned and the NHM has recently revealed the winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 edition. The “Grand Title” has been awarded to American photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols.
Michael “Nick” Nichols wins the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 award
You do not even have to look at the other photos to see that Michael Nichols deserves the award. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 has captured a stunning scene of lions resting on a rock somewhere in the Serengeti National Park located in Tanzania.
The photographer says that he has followed this pride of lions for about six months. As a result, the big cats were used to Nick, who managed to get really close and take their photos.
Michael “Nick” Nichols has initially won the “Black and White” category. His image combines “graphic strength and tonal range”, proving that they are more important than colors.
8-year-old grabs the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 award
The young category of the photo contest has been won by Carlos Perez Naval. The 8-year-old photographer has captured a beautiful scorpion grasping the last rays of the sunset.
The scorpion has brought the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 award to Carlos Perez Naval, who has captured the winning shot somewhere around his Spanish hometown.
Sir David Attenborough attended the 50th edition of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest
This is the 50th edition of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year organized by the National History Museum. Numerous important people have been present at the awards ceremony, including the Duchess of Cambridge and Sir David Attenborough.
The winners of the other categories all deserve special mentions, so here they are, as follows:
- Mammals: Alexander Badyaev (Russia / USA);
- Birds: Bence Mate (Hungary);
- Amphibians and Reptiles: Raviprakash S S (India);
- Invertebrates: Ary Bassous (Brazil);
- Plants and Fungi: Cristian Vizl (Mexico);
- Underwater Species: Indra Swari Wonowidjojo (Indonesia);
- Earth’s Environments: Francisco Negroni (Chile);
- Natural Design: Patrik Bartuska (Czech Republic);
- TIMElapse: Paul Klaver (Netherlands);
- World in Our Hands: Bruno D’Amicis (Italy);
- Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year: Brent Stirton (South Africa);
- Rising Star Portfolio: Michel d’Oultremont (Belgium);
- Portfolio: Tim Laman (USA);
- People’s Choice: Marsel van Oosten (Netherlands).
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest will return as of January 5 next year, so make sure you are ready to enter the competition!