TREE HUGGING TIGER WINS WILDLIFE PHOTO OF THE YEAR
By OLUWATOSIN DIVINE-FAVOUR
It takes a high level of creativity and skill to win the always keenly contested award of the WILDLIFE PHOTO of the year and the WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER of the year.
But Russian photographer Sergey Gorshkov has proven to be immensely creative and skillful as his photo of a tiger hugging a tree in one of the forests in far east Russia has won him both the WILDLIFE PHOTO of the year and also the WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER of the year.
According to the National History Museum, the award aims to enhance the prestige of wildlife photography in the hope that the awards will ultimately benefit the animals themselves by creating greater public interest in them and the crucial topic of wildlife conservation. First awarded in 1965 as a magazine competition, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year has been awarded 55 times before this year’s 56th edition.
This year’s award featured lots of entries from talented and experienced wildlife photographers worldwide. But it was Gorshkov’s photo that excited the judges the most. The photo featured a female tiger seen embracing a tree, rubbing herself against the bark in a bid to leave her scent and mark her territory.
Other photos that were shortlisted for the award of the WILDLIFE PHOTO of the year include: