Bao’s image wins Wildlife Photographer of the year 2019 (award winning pictures included)

Yongqing Bao

Photographer Yongqing Bao’s image of a Tibetan fox pouncing on a startled marmot in China’s Qilian Mountains has won the grand title in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 competition.

The picture captures a female fox who is on the hunt to keep her three cubs alive engages in a fight for survival with a Himalayan marmot.

“Photographically, it is quite simply the perfect moment,” said the chair of the judging panel, Roz Kidman Cox.

“Images from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau are rare enough, but to have captured such a powerful interaction between a Tibetan fox and a marmot – two species key to the ecology of this high-grassland region – is extraordinary.”

Likewise, Cruz Erdmann has been awarded the Young Photographer of the Year Award for his image big-finned reef squid.

The picture was taken while he was night diving in the Lembeh Strait off the coast of North Sulawesi Indonesia.

The pictures along with 98 other photographs across 19 categories have kept in display in the Natural History Museum in London.

Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019
Grand title winner
Cruz Erdmann, New ZealandOther award-winning images:

A small herd of male chirus makes its way to the relative warmth of the Kumukuli Desert.
Shangzhen Fan, China
Animals in their Environment
Face of Deception: Ant-mimicking crab spider
Ripan Biswas, India
Animal Portraits

Pond World: lingering frogs, harmonious colours, soft, natural light and dreamy reflections.
Manuel Plaickner, Italy
Behaviour: Amphibians and Reptiles

A golden eagle
Audun Rikardsen, Norway
Behaviour: Birds


A colony of ants
Daniel Kronauer, Germany/USA
Behaviour: Invertebrates
The guanaco turns, terrified, his last mouthful of grass flying in the wind as a female puma attacks.
Joint Winner 2019
Ingo Arndt, Germany
Behaviour: Mammals
Festooned with bulging orange velvet and trimmed with grey lace, the arms of a Monterey cypress tree twist to create an otherworldly canopy.
Zorica Kovacevic, Serbia/USA
Plants and Fungi
A swaying colony of garden eels.
Under Water
David Doubilet, USA
Brown rats scamper between their home under a tree grille and a pile of rubbish bags full of food waste in Pearl Street in Lower Manhattan.
Charlie Hamilton James, UK
Urban Wildlife
Red-hot lava from Kīlauea volcano instantly boils the cool Pacific Ocean where they meet at the Hawaiian coast.
Luis Vilariño, Spain
Earth’s Environments
In a winter whiteout a lone American bison briefly lifts its head from its endless foraging.
Max Waugh, USA
Black and White
Snow Exposure
A male jaguar under a luminous, star-studded Arizona sky behind a a section of the US–Mexico border fence.
Alejandro Prieto, Mexico
Wildlife Photojournalism
The Japanese macaque
Jasper Doest, The Netherlands
Wildlife Photojournalist Story Award
Entwined in each other’s thick spiral horns, two male Dall sheep pause during a fierce clash.
Jérémie Villet, France
Rising Star Portfolio Award
An isolated penguin couple mate
Stefan Christmann, Germany
Wildlife Photographer Portfolio Award

Source: Natural History Museum