Our photographers enjoyed great success in the various photography competitions of 2020, in spite of some competitions being deferred and prizes being awarded at online ceremonies. Sergey Gorshkov won the main prize in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, where Ripan Biswas won the portfolio category. Markus Varesvuo gained the top award in the Glanzlichter competition. Ben Cranke was honoured with top prize in the Birds category of GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, while Pal Hermansen, Jo-Anne McArthur, Doug Gimesy, Nick Upton, Magnus Lundgren, Franco Banfi, Graham Eaton and David Pattyn were also category winners or runners-up in one of the main international competitions. Congratulations to all our photographers who were successful in the 2020 awards season. This gallery includes all the winners, runners-up and commended images.
Sergey Gorshkov / Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) female territorial marking by rubbing cheek against ancient Manchurian fir tree, Land of the Leopard National Park, Far East Russia, November. Taken with remo...
Markus Varesvuo / White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) taking off with fish prey, Norway, August.
Ben Cranke / King Penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) approached by an Antarctic Fur Seal (Arctocephalus gazella). A few pecks from the penguins caused the seal to retreat. Southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina)...
Pal Hermansen / Northern hawk owl (Surnia ulula) perched on top of tree in snow covered forest. Golsfjell, Viken, Norway. January 2019. Judge's special prize, Birds category, Montier Festival Competition 2020
Pal Hermansen / Diversity of insects accidentally caught by a lamp during summer. Akershus, Norway. Highly Commended in he Nature in Art category of Nature Photographer of the Year Competition 2020 and in the Idee...
Mateusz Piesiak / Eurasian wolf (Canis lupus lupus) pack in snow, forest in Bialowieza National Park. Poland. January 2019. Received Honour award at the Mont Photo 2020 Competition.
David Allemand / Snow-covered taiga forest in Finland. Honoured in the MontPhoto awards 2020.
Roy Mangersnes / Melting ice sheet with massive waterfalls running off the Austfonna glacier, the third largest glacier in the world covering most of Nordaustlandet island, eastern Svalbard, Norway. ~Winner of True...
Theo Bosboom / Saksun beach after a strong blizzard Streymoy, Faroe Islands. Highly commended in the Landscapes Category of the GDT competition 2020
Espen Bergersen / Ptarmigans (Lagopus mutus) in white winter plumage, camouflaged against mountain scree with snow, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, April. Highly commended in the Animals in their Environment Category of...
Sergey Gorshkov / Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) in summer plumage on rocky outcrop, overlooking mouth of glacier on coast of Spitzbergen, Svalbard, August. Finalist in BioPhoto competition 2020.
Bence Mate / Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) with marsh frog (Rana ridibundus) that has just woken up from hibernation, Kiskunsag National Park, Hungary. Honoured in the Montier Photo Awards 2020.
Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / A mother Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) and her joey, surrounded by burnt trees. Survivors of a bushfire in Mallacoota, Australia, January 2020. COP26 Countdown Photo Competition 2021 Fina...
Doug Gimesy / Brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) female was found dead on the side of the road. It had probably been hit by a car and someone had moved it off the road. It still had a live joey in its pouch w...
Franco Banfi / Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) female carrying dead calf, South Tenerife, Canary Islands, Atlantic Ocean. Runner-up in Underwater Worlds category of MontPhoto competition 2020.
Magnus Lundgren / Brown paper nautilus (Argonauta hians) surfing on a jellyfish, Balayan Bay, Luzon, Philippines. The nautilus uses its jellyfish host both as a food source, and as a defensive weapon. Photographed at n...
Oscar Dewhurst / Mute swan (Cygnus olor) cygnets following parent swimming. London, UK. April. Highly commended in the birds category of GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition 2020.
Nayan Khanolkar / Leopard (Panthera pardus) in city at night, Mumbai, India. December 2018.
Sergey Gorshkov / Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) at night, taken with remote camera in Land of the Leopard National Park, Far East Russia, November.Highly Commended in the Animal Portraits Category of the Wil...
Ann & Steve Toon / Ostrich (Struthio camelus) silhouetted in dust storm. Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa.
Matthew Maran / Red Fox (Vulpes Vulpes) a fox pauses from drinking distracted by a mosquito, North London, ~England, UK. Honour Award in MontPhoto competition 2020.
Matthew Maran / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cub defending its kill,a large Brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) from another cub, North London, UK. August. Highly commended in the Behaviour : Mammals Category of the Wildlife Ph...
Bence Mate / African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) juveniles playing with the leg of an impala, trying to drag it in three different directions. Mkuze, South Africa. Commended in Glanzlichter photo competition 2020.
Sergey Gorshkov / Gemsbok (Oryx gazella) in dunes of Namib Desert, Namibia. December. Finalist in BioPhoto competition 2020.
Marie Read / Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) in flight carrying an acorn, photographed through red autumn foliage, October, Ithaca, New York, USA.Commended in the Inspirational Encounters category of the Bird Photo...
Bence Mate / Wild dog (Lycaon pictus) two pups playing in dust, Mkuze, South Africa. August. Highly commended in the Mammals category of the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition 2020.
Emanuele Biggi / Strinatii lungless salamander (Speleomantes strinatii) hiding under chestnut leaves into a deciduous wood in Northern Italy. San Bartolomeo di Savignone, Italy. October. Finalist in the Terrestrial Wi...
Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) flying to its nest site under roof tiles on an old cottage, Hilperton, Wiltshire, UK, July. Winner of Conservation Documentary Award in Bird Photographer of the Year competiti...
Nick Upton / Screaming party of Common swifts (Apus apus) flying around a church bell tower at dusk, where a large colony breeds in nestboxes behind the window louvres, All Saints Church, Worlington, Suffolk, UK,...
Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) flying from a nest box attached to the eaves of a cottageafter feeding its chicks, Hilperton, Wiltshire, UK, June. Winner of Conservation Documentary Award in Bird Photographe...
Nick Upton / Judith Wakelam hand-feeding an orphaned Common swift chick (Apus apus) with insect food in her home, Worlington, Suffolk, UK, July. Model released. Winner of Conservation Documentary Award in Bird Pho...
Nick Upton / Judith Wakelam releasing an orphaned Common swift chick (Apus apus) she has fostered and fed with insects at her home until it was ready to fly, Worlington, Suffolk, UK, July. Model released. Winner o...
Nick Upton / Simon Evans ringing a Common swift chick (Apus apus) removed briefly from a nest box in All Saints Church belfry with over 40 swift nestboxes, Worlington, Suffolk, UK, July. Model released. Winner of...
Markus Varesvuo / Black Grouse (Lyrurus tetrix) male with group of females, Suomussalmi Finland, January.
David Pike / Andean condor, (Vultur gryphus) in flight, Farellones, Chile.
Marie Read / Eared grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) adult with chick riding on its back, Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge, Montana, USA. Commended in Bird Photographer of the Year competition 2020.
Markus Varesvuo / Jay (Garrulus glandarius), two fighting in mid-air with another observing. Norway. October.
Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China / Grey peacock-pheasant (Polyplectron bicalcaratum) Tongbiguan Nature Reserve, Dehong, Yunnan, China
Andy Rouse / Common shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) with head under wing on nest, Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK. Highly commended in Bird Photographer of the Year competition 2020.
Markus Varesvuo / Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) males camouflaged in snow, Utsjoki, Finland, January.
Edwin Giesbers / Three Long-eared owls (Asio otus) looking down from a tree in autumn, Wijchen, The Netherlands, December. Birds in their Habitat Category winner, Expos Photos Aves Emotion'Ailes Competition 2020.
David Pattyn / Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) in early morning mist,~Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen nature reserve, Netherlands, November. Runner-up in ^De Lage Lande^ (animals in landscape) category of Nature Phot...
Edwin Giesbers / Sundew (Drosera intermedia) the Netherlands. Winner of the Landscapes, Waterscapes, and Flora category of the Big Picture Competition 2020
Theo Bosboom / Ermine moth (Yponomeutidae) larvae communal web in habitat. Ijmuiden, Netherlands. May. Highly commended in the Plants and Fungi Category of the GDT competition 2020
Pal Hermansen / Timothy grass (Phleum pratense) spreading clouds of pollen, a wind pollinated plant. Norway. July. Highly commended in Plants and Fungi section of Nature Photographer of the Year Competition 2020. Com...
Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Blue ice of iceberg in Wilhelmina Bay, Gerlache Strait, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica. March 2010. Commended in BioPhoto competition 2020.
Pal Hermansen / Floating ice on Greenland Sea with snow covered mountains behind. Recherche fjord, Svalbard, Norway. April 2018. Commended in the BioPhotos Competition 2020.
Graham Eaton / Hoyle Bank Windfarm in fog, with a flock of migrating birds, viewed from near Holywell, Flintsire, Wales, December. Winner of Changing Landscapes category of Landscape Photographer of the Year compet...