13 February 2019
A photograph of a pair of male lions has won the LUMIX People’s Choice Award at this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
Taken by professional photographer David Lloyd, the picture – entitled Bond of Brothers – captures a tender moment when two adult male lions, likely to be brothers, greeted and rubbed faces for around 30 seconds before settling down. It is unusual for lions to nuzzle for so long, and Lloyd said he was honoured to have experienced and captured such a moment.
‘I’m so pleased that this image did well because it illustrates the emotion and feeling of animals and emphasises that this is not limited to humans. It is something I think more people need to be aware of for the sake of all animals,’ said Lloyd, who is from New Zealand but living in London.
Of the 45,000 entries to this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, a shortlist of 25 images was selected by the Natural History Museum and opened to the public to vote for their favourite.
Four other highly commended images also highly rated in the public vote. All five can be seen alongside the other competition winners at London’s Natural History Museum until 30 June 2019, until the exhibition tours around the UK. Find out all the details on our calendar.
Three Kings by Wim Van Den Heever, South Africa, Highly Commended in the LUMIX People’s Choice Award, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wim Van Den Heever came across these king penguins on a beach in the Falkland Islands just as the sun was rising. They were caught up in a fascinating mating behaviour – the two males were constantly moving around the female using their flippers to fend the other off.
Nikon D810 + Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 lens at 40mm; 1/250sec at f11; Nikon SB910 flash.
Fox Meets Fox by Matthew Maran, UK , Highly Commended in the LUMIX People’s Choice Award, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Matthew Maran has been photographing foxes close to his home in north London for over a year and ever since spotting this street art had dreamt of capturing this image. After countless hours and many failed attempts his persistence paid off.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 70-200mm f2.8 IS II USM lens; 1/500 sec at f4.0; ISO 800.
A Polar Bear’s Struggle by Justin Hofman, USA, Highly Commended in the LUMIX People’s Choice Award, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Justin Hofman’s whole body pained as he watched this starving polar bear at an abandoned hunter’s camp, in the Canadian Arctic, slowly heave itself up to standing. With little, and thinning, ice to move around on, the bear is unable to search for food.
Sony a7R II + Sony FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens; 1/200 sec at f10; ISO 800.
One Toy, Three Dogs by Bence Mate, Hungary, Highly Commended in the LUMIX People’s Choice Award, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
While adult African wild dogs are merciless killers, their pups are extremely cute and play all day long. Bence Mate photographed these brothers in Mkuze, South Africa – they all wanted to play with the leg of an impala and were trying to drag it in three different directions!
Canon EOS-1DX Mark II; 200-400mm lens (35mm equivalent: 197.2-394.3 mm); 1/1800 sec at f4.0; 4000 ISO.