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Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners revealed, with tiger image scooping top prize

October 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Wild and free Siberian Tiger!

Russian photographer Sergey Gorshkov has won the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for an image of an Amur tigress hugging a tree.

(CNN) — Russian photographer Sergey Gorshkov has won the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for an image of an Amur tigress hugging a tree.

It took Gorshkov more than 11 months to capture the image using hidden cameras in Russia's Far East, the only place on Earth where Amur, or Siberian, tigers are found.

He was rewarded with the prestigious prize on Tuesday, according to a press release from the Natural History Museum, which runs the competition.

Amur tigers were hunted almost to extinction in the last century, said Tim Littlewood, jury member and the Natural History Museum's executive director of science, and are still threatened by poaching and logging.

"The remarkable sight of the tigress immersed in her natural environment offers us hope, as recent reports suggest numbers are growing from dedicated conservation efforts," said Littlewood.

Finnish photographer Liina Heikkinen was crowned the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020 for her image of a fox protecting the goose it caught from five siblings.

"A sense of furtive drama and frantic urgency enlivens this image, drawing us into the frame," said Shekar Dattatri, wildlife filmmaker and jury member.

A great natural history moment captured perfectly. "

Winners were selected from a shortlist of 100 images and will be exhibited at the Natural History Museum in London before embarking on a UK and international tour.

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