Essence of Elephants

These are the winners of the impressive Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2023 competition were just announced. There was more than 43,000 images from 96 countries and only eighteen were selected.    Essence of Elephants.The overall grand prize went to photographer Greg du Toit from South Africa

“Ever since he first picked up a camera, Greg has photographed African elephants. ‘For many years,’ he says, ‘I’ve wanted to create an image that captures their special energy and the state of consciousness that I sense when I’m with them. This image comes closest to doing that.’ The shot was taken at a waterhole in Botswana’s Northern Tuli Game Reserve, from a hide (a sunken freight container) that provided a ground-level view. Greg chose to use a slow shutter speed to create the atmosphere he was after and try ‘to depict these gentle giants in an almost ghostly way.’ He used a wide-angle lens tilted up to emphasise the size of whatever elephant entered the foreground, and chose a narrow aperture to create a large depth of field so that any elephants in the background would also be in focus.”



Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2023

Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Grand Title Winner. Mother’s Little Headful

Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year – Grand Title Winner. Mother’s Little Headful. Photo: Udayan Rao Pawar (India)

 

Underwater Worlds - Winner. Feast of the ancient mariner.

Underwater Worlds – Winner. Feast of the ancient mariner. rian Skerry (USA)

 

15-17 Years - Winner. Last Light

15-17 Years – Winner. Last Light, Photo: Mateusz Piesiak (Poland)

 

Behaviour: Cold-Blooded Animals - Winner. Dive buddy.

Behaviour: Cold-Blooded Animals – Winner. Dive buddy. Luis Javier Sandoval (Mexico)

 

Polar Bear, Hudson Bay, Canada

Animals in their Environment – Winner. Polar Bear, Hudson Bay, Canada. Photo: Paul Souders (USA)

 

Eric Hosking Portfolio Award - Winner

Eric Hosking Portfolio Award – Winner. The Flight Path. Photo: Connor Stefanison (Canada)

 

Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Species - Winner. Tiger untrapped.

Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Species – Winner. Tiger untrapped. Toshiji Fukuda (Japan)

 

Behaviour: Birds - Winner. Sticky situation.

Behaviour: Birds – Winner. Sticky situation. Isak Pretorius (South Africa)

 

Wildscapes - Winner. Volcano Tolbachik

Wildscapes – Winner. Volcano Tolbachik. The Cauldron. Photo: Sergey Gorshkov (Russia)

 

Creative Visions - Winner. Snow Moment

Creative Visions – Winner. Snow Moment. Photo: Jasper Doest (The Netherlands)

 

Animal Portraits - Joint Runner-up. Showdown.

Animal Portraits – Joint Runner-up. Showdown. Peter Delaney (Ireland)

More images here: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2023

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