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Nature Picture Library’s photographers were successful in a number of the major photographic competitions of 2018. Neil Aldridge won the Environment Singles category in the World Press Photo competition, as well as portfolio awards at NPPA and Nature Photographer of the Year, Jen Guyton won the Plants and Fungi category of Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Andrew Parkinson and Neil McIntyre were both category winners at the British Wildlife Photography Awards, Andy Rouse and Claudio Contreras both won categories of Nature's Best, Espen Bergersen won the Threatened Nature section of the Nordic Photo Contest, Bence Mate took first prize in the Birds category of Nature Photographer of the Year and Markus Varesvuo was runner-up in the GDT Birds section, while Andres Dominquez won the macro category of the Montphoto competition. This gallery includes all the winners, runners-up and highly commended images.
Young White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) in a reinforced steel boma, blindfolded and partially drugged after a long journey from South Africa, before being released into the wild in Botswana. Sept...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Young White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) in a reinforced steel boma, blindfolded and partially drugged after a long journey from South Africa, before being released into the wild in Botswana. Sept...
Cones of a female Welwitschia plant (Welwitschia mirabilis) Swakopmund,  Namib Desert, Namibia. They are among the most ancient organisms on the planet: some individuals might be more than 2000 years...  -  Jen Guyton
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Jen Guyton / Cones of a female Welwitschia plant (Welwitschia mirabilis) Swakopmund, Namib Desert, Namibia. They are among the most ancient organisms on the planet: some individuals might be more than 2000 years...
Great white egret (Ardea alba) group of three in winter, Kiskunsag National Park, Hungary. Winner of the Bird Category of Nature Photographer of the Year Awards 2018.  -  Bence Mate
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Bence Mate / Great white egret (Ardea alba) group of three in winter, Kiskunsag National Park, Hungary. Winner of the Bird Category of Nature Photographer of the Year Awards 2018.
Wild Bobcat (Lynx rufus) family of three cubs drinking water from bowl, with mother stretching . The mother chose to make her den underneath the house. Texas, USA, August. Taken with remote camera. Hi...  -  Karine Aigner
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Karine Aigner / Wild Bobcat (Lynx rufus) family of three cubs drinking water from bowl, with mother stretching . The mother chose to make her den underneath the house. Texas, USA, August. Taken with remote camera. Hi...
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) female with very large tusks, Tsavo National Park, Kenya.  Highly commended in the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2018. Editorial use only....  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) female with very large tusks, Tsavo National Park, Kenya. Highly commended in the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2018. Editorial use only....
Red spider mite (Tetranychus urticae),   Andalusia, Spain, June.  -  Andres M. Dominguez
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Andres M. Dominguez / Red spider mite (Tetranychus urticae), Andalusia, Spain, June.
Grey whale (Eschrichtius robustus) eye, Magdalena Bay, Baja California, Mexico, February. Winner in the Ocean Views category of the 2018 Nature's Best Winland Smith Rice Awards.  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Grey whale (Eschrichtius robustus) eye, Magdalena Bay, Baja California, Mexico, February. Winner in the Ocean Views category of the 2018 Nature's Best Winland Smith Rice Awards.
Cat-shaped iceberg at sunset, Svalbard, Norway, October 2017. Winner of the Polar Passion Category of the Nature's Best Photography Awards 2018.  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Cat-shaped iceberg at sunset, Svalbard, Norway, October 2017. Winner of the Polar Passion Category of the Nature's Best Photography Awards 2018.
Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) in extreme winds with spin drifts of snow, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, February 2018. Winner of the Animals in their Environment Category of the British Wildl...  -  Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) in extreme winds with spin drifts of snow, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, February 2018. Winner of the Animals in their Environment Category of the British Wildl...
Asian sheepshead wrasse (Semicossyphus reticulatus) mature male in breeding colouration.  Niigata, Japan. Highly commended in the Animal Portraits Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awa...  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Asian sheepshead wrasse (Semicossyphus reticulatus) mature male in breeding colouration. Niigata, Japan. Highly commended in the Animal Portraits Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awa...
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) adult with train in background, Kent, UK. March. Highly commended in the Nature Photographer of the Year Awards 2018. Taken with remote camera.  -  Terry  Whittaker
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Terry Whittaker / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) adult with train in background, Kent, UK. March. Highly commended in the Nature Photographer of the Year Awards 2018. Taken with remote camera.
Leopard (Panthera pardus) cub looking up at birds (out of frame) with mother in background,  Khwai River, Botswana. Highly commended in the Mammals category of the Asferico Photography Competition 201...  -  Wim van den Heever
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Wim van den Heever / Leopard (Panthera pardus) cub looking up at birds (out of frame) with mother in background, Khwai River, Botswana. Highly commended in the Mammals category of the Asferico Photography Competition 201...
Blue butterfly (Lycaenidae) frozen in ice,  Cortes de la Frontera,  Los Alcornocales Natural Park. Spain. Highly commended in the Other animals category of the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of th...  -  Andres M. Dominguez
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Andres M. Dominguez / Blue butterfly (Lycaenidae) frozen in ice, Cortes de la Frontera, Los Alcornocales Natural Park. Spain. Highly commended in the Other animals category of the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of th...
Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) young female opens her mouth and blows bubbles through her nose playfully while she looks up from the seabed. Lundy Island, Devon, UK, Bristol Channel. August. Highly co...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) young female opens her mouth and blows bubbles through her nose playfully while she looks up from the seabed. Lundy Island, Devon, UK, Bristol Channel. August. Highly co...
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) adult female in foreground, with her male calf and their escort behind her. Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) adult female in foreground, with her male calf and their escort behind her. Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific.
Black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) in flight, artistically blurred photograph, Cheshire, UK, February. Highly Commended in the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) competition 2013....  -  Ben  Hall
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Ben Hall / Black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) in flight, artistically blurred photograph, Cheshire, UK, February. Highly Commended in the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) competition 2013....
Seaweed in tide pool, Mangurstadh Beach, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, October. Highly commended in the Creative Visions category of Wildlife photographer of the year Awards (WPOY) Competition 2018.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Seaweed in tide pool, Mangurstadh Beach, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, October. Highly commended in the Creative Visions category of Wildlife photographer of the year Awards (WPOY) Competition 2018.
Landscape in Fjallabak Nature Reserve, with circular patterns on the ground, Iceland, September 2017. Highly commended in the Landscape category of the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year A...  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Landscape in Fjallabak Nature Reserve, with circular patterns on the ground, Iceland, September 2017. Highly commended in the Landscape category of the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year A...
White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) male and female perched on tree in snow, near Kuusamo, Finland. March. Runner up in the Birds category of the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year A...  -  Andres M. Dominguez
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Andres M. Dominguez / White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) male and female perched on tree in snow, near Kuusamo, Finland. March. Runner up in the Birds category of the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year A...
Stag beetle (Lucanus cervus) males fighting on oak tree branch, Elbe, Germany, June. Highly commended in the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018.  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Stag beetle (Lucanus cervus) males fighting on oak tree branch, Elbe, Germany, June. Highly commended in the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018.
Pallas's cat (Otocolobus manul) Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai, China. Highly commended in the MontPhoto Competition 2018.  -  Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China
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Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China / Pallas's cat (Otocolobus manul) Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai, China. Highly commended in the MontPhoto Competition 2018.
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) mother and cub playing, Maasai Mara, Kenya, Africa. Honoured in the African wildlife category  -  Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) mother and cub playing, Maasai Mara, Kenya, Africa. Honoured in the African wildlife category
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) silhouetted against autumnal woodland, Highlands, Scotland, UK, October. Winner of the Seasons Category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) competition 20...  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) silhouetted against autumnal woodland, Highlands, Scotland, UK, October. Winner of the Seasons Category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) competition 20...
Curious Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) peering at camera from garden fence, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, September 2016. Highly commended in the Animal Portraits category of the...  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Curious Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) peering at camera from garden fence, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, September 2016. Highly commended in the Animal Portraits category of the...
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) on old pine tree, looking through autumn birch foliage, Scotland, UK, October. Highly Commended in the Habitat Category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA...  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) on old pine tree, looking through autumn birch foliage, Scotland, UK, October. Highly Commended in the Habitat Category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA...
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) sitting on an old giant gnarled Oak tree. Highlands, Scotland, UK, January. Highly Commended in the Habitat Category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) C...  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) sitting on an old giant gnarled Oak tree. Highlands, Scotland, UK, January. Highly Commended in the Habitat Category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) C...
Rainbow over Masai Mara reserve with Acacia tree (Vachellia tortillis) Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya October 2012  -  Jen Guyton
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Jen Guyton / Rainbow over Masai Mara reserve with Acacia tree (Vachellia tortillis) Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya October 2012
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) in the drifting ice north of Svalbard, Norway. Highly commended in the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2018.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) in the drifting ice north of Svalbard, Norway. Highly commended in the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2018.
Whip scorpion (Heterophrynus elephas) hunting for food on a large tree root of the rainforest. Los Amigos Biological Station, Peru. Highly commended in the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Ye...  -  Emanuele Biggi
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Emanuele Biggi / Whip scorpion (Heterophrynus elephas) hunting for food on a large tree root of the rainforest. Los Amigos Biological Station, Peru. Highly commended in the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Ye...
Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) with rays of sunlight, black and white image, Akumal, Caribbean Sea, Mexico, July. Second place in the Visions of our Nature 2018.  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) with rays of sunlight, black and white image, Akumal, Caribbean Sea, Mexico, July. Second place in the Visions of our Nature 2018.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) walking on Champ Island glacier, Franz Josef Land, Russian Arctic. Highly commended in Animals in their Enviroment Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards...  -  Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) walking on Champ Island glacier, Franz Josef Land, Russian Arctic. Highly commended in Animals in their Enviroment Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards...
Amphipod (Iphimedia obesa) on top of a colony of Deadman's fingers (Alcyonium digitatum) coral, Loch Carron, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland, UK, April. Highly commended in the British Wildlife Photograph...  -  Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Amphipod (Iphimedia obesa) on top of a colony of Deadman's fingers (Alcyonium digitatum) coral, Loch Carron, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland, UK, April. Highly commended in the British Wildlife Photograph...
A portrait of a male Ballan wrasse (Labrus bergylta), showing his bright mating colours. Plymouth, Devon, England, Great Britain. Wreck of the Glen Strathallan, Plymouth Sound, English Channel. Highly...  -  Alex  Mustard
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Alex Mustard / A portrait of a male Ballan wrasse (Labrus bergylta), showing his bright mating colours. Plymouth, Devon, England, Great Britain. Wreck of the Glen Strathallan, Plymouth Sound, English Channel. Highly...
Beaver (Castor fibre) female feeding on willow bark with her two kits, River Otter, Devon, England, UK, July. Highly commended in the Habitat category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA)...  -  Matthew Maran
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Matthew Maran / Beaver (Castor fibre) female feeding on willow bark with her two kits, River Otter, Devon, England, UK, July. Highly commended in the Habitat category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA)...
Close-up of the gills of a group of small mushrooms (unidentified) north Cornwall, UK. November. Highly commended in the Wild Woods Category of the BWPA (British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awar...  -  Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Close-up of the gills of a group of small mushrooms (unidentified) north Cornwall, UK. November. Highly commended in the Wild Woods Category of the BWPA (British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awar...
Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) adult feeding on Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) carcass, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK, February. Highly commended in the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) Compe...  -  Mark Hamblin
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Mark Hamblin / Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) adult feeding on Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) carcass, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK, February. Highly commended in the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) Compe...
Ural owl (Strix uralensis) on nest in tree stump, covered in snow, Tartu County, Estonia. March. Second Place in the Portfolio category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards 2017.  -  Sven  Zacek
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Sven Zacek / Ural owl (Strix uralensis) on nest in tree stump, covered in snow, Tartu County, Estonia. March. Second Place in the Portfolio category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards 2017.
Child gathering marine pollution from beach, Troms, Norway, May 2017. Winner of the Threatened Nature category of the Nordic Nature Photo Contest (NNPC) 2018. Model released.  -  Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Child gathering marine pollution from beach, Troms, Norway, May 2017. Winner of the Threatened Nature category of the Nordic Nature Photo Contest (NNPC) 2018. Model released.
The Bishnoi woman breastfeeding an orphaned Indian gazelle / Chinkara fawn (Gazella bennettii) Bishnoi are a religious community which venerates nature, based in northwestern India. The fawn will be r...  -  Axel  Gomille
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Axel Gomille / The Bishnoi woman breastfeeding an orphaned Indian gazelle / Chinkara fawn (Gazella bennettii) Bishnoi are a religious community which venerates nature, based in northwestern India. The fawn will be r...
Lava lizard (Microlophus peruvianus) juvenile peering out of eye of dead sea lion. Paracas National Reserve, Peru. Highly commended in the Animals in their Environment Category of Wildlife Photographe...  -  Emanuele Biggi
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Emanuele Biggi / Lava lizard (Microlophus peruvianus) juvenile peering out of eye of dead sea lion. Paracas National Reserve, Peru. Highly commended in the Animals in their Environment Category of Wildlife Photographe...
Various parts of South American yellow-footed tortoises (Chelonoidis denticulata), Vulnerable species, and terrapin species from the Amazon basin are sold for food in the Belen market, Iquitos, Peru....  -  Emanuele Biggi
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Emanuele Biggi / Various parts of South American yellow-footed tortoises (Chelonoidis denticulata), Vulnerable species, and terrapin species from the Amazon basin are sold for food in the Belen market, Iquitos, Peru....
White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) five calves, orphaned from poaching feeding from a trough at dusk at the Rhino Revolution orphanage near Hoedspruit, South Africa. May 2017. Highly Commended in...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) five calves, orphaned from poaching feeding from a trough at dusk at the Rhino Revolution orphanage near Hoedspruit, South Africa. May 2017. Highly Commended in...
White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) orphaned calf is comforted by its foster mother - a British veterinary nurse, at the Rhino Revolution wildlife rehabilitation centre near Hoedspruit, South Afric...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) orphaned calf is comforted by its foster mother - a British veterinary nurse, at the Rhino Revolution wildlife rehabilitation centre near Hoedspruit, South Afric...
Scarred face of a white rhinoceros (Ceratotherum simum) that survived an attack by poachers who illegally tranquillised her, two other rhinoceroses died from their injures. However this female 'Th...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Scarred face of a white rhinoceros (Ceratotherum simum) that survived an attack by poachers who illegally tranquillised her, two other rhinoceroses died from their injures. However this female 'Th...
White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) horn held in human hand. Rhino horn is trafficked illegally to the Far East to be used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and to feed demand from those who see it a...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) horn held in human hand. Rhino horn is trafficked illegally to the Far East to be used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and to feed demand from those who see it a...
Aerial view of a herd of wild White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) running free on Chief's Island, Okavango Delta, Botswana. Winner of the Environmental Picture Story Category of the NPPA Best in Ph...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Aerial view of a herd of wild White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) running free on Chief's Island, Okavango Delta, Botswana. Winner of the Environmental Picture Story Category of the NPPA Best in Ph...
Belgian Shepherd dog, young dog trained as rhino protection dog during poacher tracking training. Animals Saving Animals training facility, England. This dog will be deployed to Botswana of Rhino Cons...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Belgian Shepherd dog, young dog trained as rhino protection dog during poacher tracking training. Animals Saving Animals training facility, England. This dog will be deployed to Botswana of Rhino Cons...
Member of the Botswana Defence Force keeping guard while a rhino monitor from Rhino Conservation Botswana tracks an adult rhino in northern Botswana. September 2017. Highly Commended in the Natural Wo...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Member of the Botswana Defence Force keeping guard while a rhino monitor from Rhino Conservation Botswana tracks an adult rhino in northern Botswana. September 2017. Highly Commended in the Natural Wo...
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