The prestigious annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition put on by London’s Natural History Museum has released a collection of Highly Commended entries submitted to this year’s contest.
While the grand prize and category winners will be announced on October 13th, the Highly Commended photos released are an inspiring look at the quality level of this year’s contest, which saw over 49,000 entries from photographers representing over 25 nationalities.
“Several of my favorite images from the competition – the ones that I can look at again and again – are among the commended pictures,” says Roz Kidman Cox, Chair of the judging panel. “But then all the commended images are effectively winners, being among the top 100 awarded by the jury out of more than 49,000.
“[W]hat especially stands out are the images from the young photographers – the next generation of image-makers passionate about the natural world.”
Image credits: Header photo © Matthew Maran, Wildlife Photographer of the Year