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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Opens February 23, 2019! The exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year will be shown for the first time at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm. See the world's best animal and nature photos and are fascinated by the stories behind the pictures.

The prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year title is awarded each year by The Natural History Museum in London. In 2018, a total of over 45,000 entries from 95 of the world's countries participated in the competition. In the exhibition, which now comes to Sweden, the hundred best pictures shown by a jury are shown. Below are some of the winning entries in this year's competition that will be shown at the Swedish Museum of Natural History on February 23 - August 23, 2019. This exhibition is primarily aimed at our adult visitors, the recommended age from 10 years.

Det gyllene paret Marsel van Oosten, Nederländerna Marsel kravlade över stock och sten för att försöka hinna med gruppen av gyllene trubbnäsapor som hoppade från träd till träd. Med tiden lärde han sig att förutse deras beteende och lyckades ta denna bild av en vilande hanne tillsammans med en hona. Solljuset filtreras genom trädkronorna och ger en magisk lyster åt deras gyllene päls, i kontrast mot skogens friska gröna färg. Paret tillhör en underart av gyllene trubbnäsapor som endast finns i Qinlingbergen. De är en av de mest imponerande primaterna i världen, men nu riskerar dessa apor att försvinna. De har minskat stadigt i antal i flera decennier och nu finns det färre än 4 000 individer kvar. Qinlingbergen, Shaanxi-provinsen, Kina

The Golden Couple, Marsel van Oosten, The Netherlands (Click to enlarge).

Winner 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

As the group of Qinling golden snub-nosed monkeys jumped from tree to tree, Marsel struggled to keep up, slipping and stumbling over logs. Gradually he learned to predict their behaviour, and captured this male and female resting. With the Sun filtering through the canopy, they are bathed in a magical light, their golden hair glowing against the fresh greens of the forest.

Looking for love by Tony Wu, USA.

Looking for Love, Tony Wu, USA. (Click to enlarge)

Tony was on a mission – he wanted to capture an image that portrayed the ‘unique expression and burning desire of a male in love’. His subject was the Asian sheepshead wrasse, a fish found near Sado Island. After years of planning, and amid torrential rain, he finally found an earnest suitor for his portrait. ‘This,’ he says, ‘is the face of a fish looking for love’.

Trailblazer by Christian Wappl, Austria

Trailblazer Christian Wappl, Austria. (Click to enlarge)

By one in the morning, the forest was quiet, but its nightlife shone out from the leaf litter. The star of the show was a large firefly larva about seven centimetres long, which emitted a continuous glow from four light organs at its rear end. Using a long exposure with a burst of flash, Christian revealed the larva apparently blazing a trail.

Cool cat by Isak Pretorius, South Africa. A lioness drinks from a waterhole in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park.

Cool Cat Isak Pretorius, South Africa. (Click to enlarge)

‘I love creating photos with impact,’ says Isak, who is often on the lookout for Zambia’s most iconic animals. He was photographing a pride of lions when this lioness wandered off. Anticipating it was going for a drink, he positioned himself by the nearest waterhole. It then appeared through the long grass, framed by a wall of lush green.

Delta design by Paul Mckenzie, Ireland/Hong Kong

Delta Design Paul Mckenzie, Ireland/Hong Kong.(Click to enlarge)

‘I love images where nature can be depicted as art,’ says Paul. At first glance you might think this is an image of a fern. But it is actually an intricate river delta. As his small plane flew over the scene one final time, Paul framed his shot through the open door, battling against turbulence to capture nature’s silt and water composition.

Flowing south through Kenya, the Southern Ewaso Ng’iro River empties into the salt-rich waters of Lake Natron, a major breeding site for hundreds of thousands of lesser flamingos. The birds rely on the river’s fresh water for drinking, as well as for cleaning the hypersaline lake water from their feathers.