The winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition were just announced by the Natural History Museum and their images are amazing.

A reindeer battle, a venomous spider and a bed covered with worms were some of the shots in 50,000 entries for the 57th edition.

It was the French underwater photographer and biologist Laurent Ballesta who was crowned this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his enigmatic picture, Creation, that captures camouflage groupers exiting their milky cloud of eggs and sperm in Fakarava, French Polynesia.

If you wanted to miss the rare annual spawning that only takes place around a full moon, all you could do was return every year. Ballesta has spent thousands of hours trying to capture it.

Continue scrolling to check it out together with the other marvelous shots.

More info: nhm.ac.uk

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#1 Category Winner. Animal Portraits: ‘Reflection’ By Majed Ali

#2 Highly Commended. Natural Artistry: ‘Stardust’ By Christian Spencer

#3 Category Winner. Behaviour: Birds: ‘The Intimate Touch’ By Shane Kalyn

#4 Category Winner. Photojournalist Story Award: ‘Flying Rescue’ By Brent Stirton

#5 Highly Commended. Wetlands – The Bigger Picture: ‘Turtle In Paradise’ By Henley Spiers

#6 Highly Commended. Plants And Fungi: ‘The Fantastical Rainforest’ By Daniel Rosengren

#7 Highly Commended. Animals In Their Environment: ‘Snow Leopard Summer’ By Xiaoyun Luo

#8 Highly Commended. Oceans – The Bigger Picture: ‘A Distressing Matter’ By Michael Watson

#9 Highly Commended. Photojournalism: ‘A Caring Hand’ By Douglas Gimesy

#10 Category Winner. Urban Wildlife: ‘The Spider Room’ By Gil Wizen

#11 Highly Commended. Plants And Fungi: ‘Mushroom Magic’ By Juergen Freund

#12 Category Winner. Rising Star Portfolio Award: ‘Family At Ease’ By Martin Gregus

#13 Highly Commended. Photojournalism: ‘Imprisoned’ By Celina Chien

#14 Highly Commended. Urban Wildlife: ‘Lynx On The Threshold’ By Sergio Marijuán

#15 Category Winner. Animals In Their Environment: ‘Grizzly Leftovers’ By Zack Clothier

#16 Category Winner. 15-17 Years: ‘High-Flying Jay’ By Lasse Kurkela

#17 Highly Commended. Oceans – The Bigger Picture: ‘Death Of A Reef’ By David Doubilet

#18 Highly Commended. 11-14 Years: ‘Apollo Landing’ By Emelin Dupieux

#19 Highly Commended. Animal Portraits: ‘Storm Fox’ By Jonny Armstrong

#20 Category Winner. Portfolio Award: ‘The Nursery Mouth’ By Angel Fitor

#21 Highly Commended. Behaviour: Mammals: ‘A Deadly Huddle’ By Douglas Gimesy

#22 Category Winner. Photojournalism: ‘Elephant In The Room’ By Adam Oswell

#23 Highly Commended. Oceans – The Bigger Picture: ‘Net Loss’ By Audun Rikardsen

#24 Highly Commended. 10 Years And Under: ‘Lockdown Chicks’ By Gagana Mendis Wickramasinghe

#25 Highly Commended. Behaviour: Birds: ‘Up For Grabs’ By Jack Zhi

#26 Category Winner. Behaviour: Mammals: ‘Head To Head’ Bystefano Unterthiner

#27 Category Winner. Oceans – The Bigger Picture: ‘Nursery Meltdown’ By Jennifer Hayes

#28 Highly Commended. Urban Wildlife: ‘Fossa In A Mess’ By Elize Labuschagne-Hull

#29 Adult Grand Title Winner 2021. Underwater: ‘Creation’ By Laurent Ballesta

#30 Highly Commended. Urban Wildlife: ‘Spot Of Bother’ By Georg Kantioler

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