Amuse by the winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition

  • AUTHOR: midhat
  • POSTED ON: October 15, 2020

A Siberian tiger showed the love we need in 2020. Photographer Sergey Gorshkov captured a RARE moment of a tigress hugging a tree as if she’s marking her territory. Titled as “The Embrace,” the picture just made Gorshkov the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition.


In the picture, the tigress stands on her hind legs, wrapping her front legs around a Manchurian fir tree and rubbing her cheek against bark to leave secretions from her scent glands. The big cat is at great peace as it lovingly wraps its body around the tree.

It’s a scene like no other, a unique glimpse of an intimate moment deep in a magical forest,” said Roz Kidman Cox, chair of the judging panel. “Shafts of low winter sun highlight the ancient fir tree and the coat of the huge tigress as she grips the trunk in obvious ecstasy and inhales the scent of tiger on resin, leaving her own mark as her message.”

This picture was selected among the 49,000 entries in the prestigious annual photography competition held by the Natural History Museum in London.

“It’s also a story told in glorious color and texture of the comeback of the Amur tiger, a symbol of the Russian wilderness,” Cox said.

Siberian tigers or Amur tigers have an epic comeback story after their threatening extinction in the late 1940s. By that time, there were only 20 to 30 tigers left alone in the wild because of excessive hunting across the Russian Far East, northeastern China, and the Korean Peninsula.

Russia was the first country that recognized its potential extinction and gave them legal protection in 1997. Now, around 550 tigers are roaming around in their old territories.

The person behind this epic moment, Gorshkov, is a founding member of the Russian Union of Wildlife Photographers. He captured this photo in Russia’s Land of the Leopard National Park. He installed a motion-sensor camera and waited for over 11 months to capture his prize-winning still!

The Serbian Tigress was chosen amongst other pretty cute competitors who were caught in a moment of calmness.

Category: Young Photographer of the year

Title: The Fox that got the Goose

Winner: Liina Heikkinen (Age 15 to 17 years old) from Finland

Category: Behavior, Invertebrates

Title: A tale of two wasps

Winner: Frank Deshandol from France

Category: Animal Portraits

Title: The Pose

Winner: Mogens Trolle from Denmark

Title: A mean mouthful

Winner: Sam Sloss from Italy/USA

Category: Rising Star Portfolio

Title: The Eleonora’s Gift

Winner: Alberto Fantoni from Italy

Category: Urban Wildlife

Title: Watching you watching them

Winner: Alex Badyaev from Russia/USA

Category: Portfolio Award

Title: The Last bite

Winner: Ripan Biswas from India

Category: Wildlife Photojournalist Story Award

Title: Backroom Business

Winner: Paul Hilton from UK/Australia

Category: Behavior, Amphibians, and Reptiles

Title: Life in the balance

Winner: Jaime Culebras from Spain

Updated October 15, 2020
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