Poachers in Africa are encroaching on wildlife land and killing rhinos in travel hot spots now devoid of visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The fragile beauty of nature. These are the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017’s finalists
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 finalists have been announced. Admire all the pictures and discover the story behind every single one.
50,000 professional and amateur photographers from 92 countries have answered this year’s call for the world’s most prestigious wildlife photography, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Now in its 53rd edition, the contest aims to showcase the best nature photography in the world while raising awareness on the beauty – and fragility – of nature.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017, the finalists
All the finalists have captured a different aspect of the natural world in their photographs, from a seahorse clung to a plastic cotton bud to a pair of sea angels mating. And behind every single shot is a story – the story of an endangered species recovering, of the mother-offspring relationship in the animal kingdom, of an ancestral behaviour, and of the impact humans (and their careless behaviour) have on wildlife.
This year’s winners will be announced on the 17th of October at the Natural History Museum in London, where the flagship exhibition will be held. The images will then embark on an international tour, bringing the fragile beauty of nature all around the world. “As we contemplate our critical role in the Earth’s future, the images show the astonishing diversity of life on our planet and the crucial need to shape a more sustainable future”.
Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio has contributed two million dollars to a fund to protect Virunga National Park in Congo from threats such as terrorism, the coronavirus and poaching.
For the first time in seventeen years, Iceland’s two main whaling companies won’t resume whale hunting. The announcement concerns this year’s season but could carry into the future.
The relationship between the coronavirus and wildlife is complex: while the pandemic may lead to a reduction in the illegal trade in wild animals, it may also encourage it in other respects.
The largest coral reef in the world is severely threatened by climate change, but researchers are developing strategies that could contribute to saving the Great Barrier Reef.
NGO Free the Bears has opened a mountain sanctuary for moon bears in Laos. With the government’s help, it aims to close all bile farms by 2022.
Seychelles have extended its marine protected area, which now covers over 400,000 square kilometres, an area larger than Germany.
The tapir was reintroduced into Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, the country’s most at-risk ecosystem. The species can play a key role in the forest’s recovery.
One of Africa’s last and largest “tuskers”, Tim the elephant, died from natural causes after roaming Amboseli National Park for five decades and surviving multiple life-threatening attacks.