Created and produced by this year's wildlife photographer at the Museum of Natural History in London, an exhibition opens on Friday, October 16, before touring the United Kingdom and internationally, including Australia, Canada, Denmark and Germany. The picture, titled The Embrace, shows the intimate moment in which the female tiger is seen embracing a tree, rubbing against the bark to leave her scent and mark territory.
Russian photographer Sergey Gorshkov took nearly a year to capture the image through hidden cameras. Also Read - Daredevil goat befriends Siberian tiger at Russian safari park! He installed hidden cameras opposite to a Manchurian fir tree. By the late 1940s, hunting had decimated their population - spread across the Russian Far East, northeastern China, and Korean Peninsula - down to only 20 to 30 individuals left in the wild. In 1947, Russian Federation became the first country to give the tigers legal protection. At the 56th annual competition, Sergey Gorshkov has been named as this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Once hunted for their exquisite fur, the tigers are now under threat of extinction.
All the more extraordinary is that this is a camera-trap image. It also won the Animals in their Environment category.
This year's Young Photographer of the Year, Liina Heikkinen, on the other hand, captured an entirely different kind of mood.
The Earthshot Prize, of which Dubai global ports operator DP World and Dubai Expo 2020 are founding partners, will award £50 million ($64.8m) over a decade to the best and most innovative ideas to battle environmental destruction. Replace the feathers with toilet paper, and you've got a meme for the early days of pandemic shopping.
"A sense of furtive drama and frantic urgency enlivens this image, drawing us into the frame", said Shekar Dattatri, wildlife filmmaker and jury member. Since then, he has founded the Russian Union of Wildlife Photographers, and has won national and worldwide awards.