Standing in the water, grasping his staff like Gandalf, this impressive orangutan looks like he’s seen some things. And let’s face it, you really wouldn’t want to mess with him. The animal was snapped by Thomas Vijaya in Borneo, and the photograph has just been named among the winners of this year’s World Nature Photography Awards.
The competition, which saw thousands of entries from 20 countries across six continents, aims to ‘influence people to see the world from a different perspective’. Some of the entries, like a photograph of a murderous leopard seal, do just that. If you reckon you’ve got an award-winning snap you’d like to enter, next year’s competition has just opened. Here are some more of our fave shots:
Like this dramatic underwater scene
This embattled arctic fox
This snug monkey family
These balletic ants
This serene New Zealand landscape
And this humpback whale approaching New York City...
Did you see all the stunning winners of Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022?