The British Museum of Natural History summed up one of the largest wildlife photography competitions.
The jury of the international competition Wildlife Photographer of the Year, organized with the support of the British Museum of Natural History, identified the authors of the best works of 2017, writes The Guardian. The title of “Photographer of the Year” went to Brent Sturton from South Africa — for a snapshot of a rhino killed by poachers. The animal was shot and sawed off with horns, which were then smuggled into Asia.
“The photographer who captured such a tragic scene, making it almost majestic in its sculptural power, deserves the highest award,” the jury said in a decision. “This photo is another reminder of cruel and unnecessary environmental crimes, which should cause a resonance in society.”
Also, the jury selected the winner in the nomination “Best Young Photographer” — it was Daniel Nelson from the Netherlands — and the winners of the first places in several thematic categories. The works of these authors will be presented at the exhibition, which will open in the Museum of Natural History on October 20. A list of all the winners and finalists of the competition can be found on the museum’s website.