The Wildlife Photographer of the Year, a collaboration between U.K.’s Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide, this year is celebrating its 50th anniversary introducing a new category: the People’s Choice Award.
The new category includes five dozens of images that were pre-selected by a jury from over 41,000 entries. The five photos with the most votes in this category, along with other winners from the competition, will be announced later this year at an awards ceremony.
You can enjoy the best photos of the competition, then head over to the Natural History museum website to see the full gallery. Online voting is open until September 5, 2014.
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year award is a prestigious competition that sees tens of thousands of photographers from all over the globe submit awe-inspiring images of the natural world.
South African photographer Gred du Toit was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 for his image ‘Essence of Elephants’ – a portrait of African elephants in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana that the international panel of judges found to be “mysterious and energetic”.
Apart from incredible images taken within the frameworks of the competition BBC’s Eric Dupin launched Dronestagram, a site dedicated to the images taken in mid-air.
“It depicts a new vision of the world, with stunning images taken from low altitude, near field,” he said, meaning that BBC drone photography quite literally offers a whole new perspective.
“It is so different of images taken by satellite or plane or helicopter, or, on the other end, street view images. It represents an ‘intermediary layer’.”
As well as the judges’ prizes, awards were also given out for the most popular photographs among visitors to Dronestagram, BBC says.