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Mike Korostelev / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Photograph: Mike Korostelev / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

These spectacular shots triumphed at the 2023 Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards

Head this way for some of the year’s most glorious nature snaps

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham
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Majestic, serene, horrifying, cute, fascinating... wildlife, with all its breadth and diversity, can be anything and everything. And it’s exactly that trait which is best captured by the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition which, having unveiled a shortlist back in August, has now revealed its winners.

Developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, the WPYs show off the best of wildlife photography around the world. And it isn’t just a comp: the WPYs are also displayed right here in London at an exhibition at the Natural History Museum. That exhibition opens this Friday (October 13) and you can find out more about it on the official website here.

Anyway, back to the photog! The above shot, which shows a hippo and her offspring, was taken by Mike Korostelev in South Africa and triumphed in the ‘underwater’ category. But it’s far from the only spectacular winner of this year’s WPYs: here’s a selection of our favourites from the rest of the crop.

Amit Eshel / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Photograph: Amit Eshel / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Bertie Gregory / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Photograph: Bertie Gregory / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Ekaterina Bee / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Photograph: Ekaterina Bee / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Fernando Constantino Martínez Belmar / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Photograph: Fernando Constantino Martínez Belmar / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Lennart Verheuvel / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Photograph: Lennart Verheuvel / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Luca Melcarne / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Photograph: Luca Melcarne / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Rachel Bigsby / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Photograph: Rachel Bigsby / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Sriram Murali / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Photograph: Sriram Murali / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

You can find out more about each image on the WPY 2023 website here.

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We cover all kinds of photography in London, from brand-new exhibitions by Daido Moriyama and Hiroshi Sugimoto to our regularly-updated round-up of the best photography exhibitions in the capital.  

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