A pair of red foxes sharing an intimate moment nuzzling each other, a polar bear cub immersed in a sea of flowers and a dead fish suffocated by a plastic glove. These are just a few of 25 incredible images that “highlight important nature stories from around the world” for the 2022 Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award.
Selected photos highlight threats to wildlife, like the one Eladio Fernandez took of fishermen in the Dominican Republic catching endangered glass eels at night. Another of the golden snub-nosed monkeys huddling together in the winter chill in China, an image that raises awareness of endangered species threatened by deforestation.
The photographs, according to a statement from the Natural History Museum in London which runs the annual competition, were chosen from 38,575 entries from 93 countries. For the first time ever, the public can vote for their favorite using the interactive screens located within the new exhibit Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum in London. Voting closes February 2, 2023. The top five images will appear online, joining the winners of the 58th competition announced earlier this year and chosen by an esteemed judging panel. The winner will be displayed on the Wildlife Photographer of the Year voting screens at the Museum until the exhibit closes on Sunday, July 2, 2023.
“Voters will be challenged to choose from this dazzling array of photographs that tell vital stories and connect people to issues around the planet.” We can’t wait to find out which of these images turns out to be a favourite,” explains Dr. Douglas Gurr, director of the Natural History Museum.
Here are all 25 selected images: