Les lauréats du concours Wildlife Photographer of the Year ont été dévoilés le 15 octobre, au Musée d'Histoire Naturelle de Londres. Le grand gagnant est sud africain Greg du Toit, pour sa photo d'un troupeau d'éléphants en mouvement qu'il a mis plus de 10 ans à pouvoir capturer. Il se démarque parmi quelques 43 000 clichés en compétition. Udayan Rao Pawar, à seulement 14 ans, décroche le prix du meilleur jeune photographe pour sa photo Mother’s little headful, d'une maman croco transportant ses petits sur son crâne. Dans chacune des catégories suivantes, plusieurs gagnants profiteront d'une exposition de leurs clichés dans les musées du monde entier. Voici notre sélection :

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    Autumn selfie?? ?? After 2,5 years on #Instagram I thought it was about time for my first selfie. It was an unintented one. If you take photographs with the camera pointing towards the sky and using a fisheye lens, it is hard to avoid your own head being in the frame ;-) So I have got a whole collection of similar selfies. ?? ?? You might recognize the setting for this photo. I was happy I managed to get some frames without my head as well and one of these images was awarded at Wildlifephotographer of the year some years ago (at #WPY49 ) and became my most published image so far.?? ?? My photo story 'The journey of the autumn leaves' is featured by Canon on their European websites as a source of inspiration. A good excuse for me to post some images from this project again ;-)???? ???? ?? ?? .???? .???? .???? .???? .???? .???? .???? #autumn #autumncolors #autumnunderwater #journeyoftheautumnleaves #underwaterphotography #landscapephotography #underwaterlandscape #fall #bubbles #landscapelovers #naturephotography #natuurfotografie #leuvenumsebeek #canonnl #canoneurope #liveforthestory #canonnederland #veluwe #canon #landschapsfotografie #dreamsofwilderness #herfst #herfstfotografie #nauticam #wpyalumni #wpy49 #unintentedselfie #selfie ?????

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    #Repost @nhm_wpy (@get_repost) ??? In honour of #WorldOceansDay: Mike Veitch’s WPY image emphasising the human impact on the feeding behaviour of whale sharks. Mike took this image of a sub-adult (about six metres long) in Cenderawasih Bay, Papua, Indonesia. 'I wanted to show the whale shark actively sucking on the net - a learned behaviour,' he says. 'What's not clear is whether the sharks risk becoming dependent on this food source. It shows just how powerfully humans can impact the behaviour of wild animals,' though it is deliberate and accidental net entanglement that is the real danger to whale sharks. Whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea, but they are filter-feeders eating mostly plankton and small fish and, according to received wisdom, rarely interact with humans. So when whale sharks were filmed vacuuming up bits of fish from nets in Indonesia, it caused an internet sensation. But it seems that this behaviour is hardly new. 'The fishermen around the islands have known about this for ages,' says Mike. Their nets hang from fishing platforms on their boats, and the night lights set to attract silverside baitfish to them also attract whale sharks, which have learned to suck up the fish from the drop-nets. The
    fishermen don't begrudge them, regarding them as good luck. Now they really have brought luck. Divers and snorkellers are travelling here specifically to interact with the sharks, and dive companies, fishermen and local villages are recognising the economic potential. Image: The fish trap by #WPYalumni @mikeveitch, Canada. Winner 2013, World in Our Hands Award. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #NaturePhotography #Wildlife #WildlifePhotography #UnderwaterPhotography #Ocean #MarineConservation #WhaleSharks #Shark #Fish #Fishing #MarineLife #NaturePhotos #Environment #Photography #Diving #Underwater #Indonesia #WhaleShark #OceansDay

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Si ces photos vous ont plu, vous pouvez aussi voir ou revoir les gagnantes du National Geographic Photo Contest 2013...

Source : Natural History Museum via Bored Panda.