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This chilled AF monkey is among the winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020

We could all learn a few things from this long-nosed proboscis, captured blissing out at a monkey sanctuary in Borneo

Huw Oliver
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Huw Oliver

Eyes closed, appearing almost to meditate, this proboscis monkey is clearly coping with the hell of 2020 much better than most of us humans. The young male was perched at the feeding station at Labuk Bay Monkey Sanctuary in Borneo – where photographer Mogens Trolle managed to capture him looking like, finally, he had just found inner peace.

With his beautiful auburn hair, striking blue eyelids and that distinctive long nose – which, as he matures, will grow so much that it will hang over his mouth – his general look is pretty striking, too. Who knew certain species of primate were born with natural azure eye shadow?

The photograph was the ‘animal portrait’ winner at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards, which is now in its fifty-sixth year. The competition this year received more than 49,000 entries from pros and amateurs across the world. An exhibition of all the winners will open at London’s Natural History Museum on Friday, October 16 – in the meantime, here’s a selection of some of the highlights.

Grand title winner: ‘The Embrace’ by Sergey Gorshkov

‘The Embrace’ by Sergey GorshkovPhotograph: Sergey Gorshkov / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Amphibian and reptile behaviour winner: ‘Life in the Balance’ by Jaime Culebras 

‘Life in the Balance’ by Jaime CulebrasPhotograph: Jaime Culebras / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Portfolio award winner: ‘The Last Bite’ by Ripan Biswas

‘The Last Bite’ by Ripan BiswasPhotograph: Ripan Biswas / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Earth’s environments winner: ‘Etna’s River of Fire’ by Luciano Gaudenzio

‘Etna’s River of Fire’ by Luciano GaudenzioPhotograph: Luciano Gaudenzio / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Under water winner: ‘The Golden Moment’ by Songda Cai

‘The Golden Moment’ by Songda CaiPhotograph: Songda Cai / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

10 years and under winner: ‘Perfect Balance’ by Andrés Luis Dominguez Blanco

‘Perfect Balance’ by Andrés Luis Dominguez BlancoPhotograph: Andrés Luis Dominguez Blanco / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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