A group of burrowing owls making themselves at home in a Florida neighbourhood, a slumbering red squirrel and a trio of megabats hanging out appear among the images shortlisted for this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award.
Fans of the Natural History Museum’s famous annual exhibition can have their say by voting for their favourite image from a shortlist of 25, selected from over 49,000 entries from all over the world.
Other photos on the shortlist show a six-month-old snow leopard cub perching on a rocky plateau, an Iberian lynx taking shelter in an under-road tunnel and a moose taking a shine to a labrador sitting in the passenger seat of a four-wheel drive.
Voting is now open and will close on February 2, 2021. The winner will be announced shortly after.
“The People’s Choice Award provides the public with an opportunity to select images and stories from the natural world that move and intrigue them,” said Tim Littlewood, executive director of science at the Natural History Museum.
“This year’s shortlist includes a wide diversity of wildlife photography from a fragile planet. Whether assessing human-animal relationships, highlighting the plight of captive species or animals thriving in their environments, the public are in for a difficult decision!”
In October, Sergey Gorshkov won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020 grand title with The Embrace, a striking image of a Siberian tiger marking a tree with its scent in the Russian Far East.
It took Gorshkov more than 11 months to capture a shot of the Amur tiger using hidden cameras. Hunted to near-extinction in the twentieth century, Siberian tigers are now found in just one region of Russia.
Last year saw Sam Rowley receive the People’s Choice Award for his perfectly-timed snap of two mice fighting on a London Underground platform, titled Station Squabble and described by Natural History Museum director Michael Dixon as “a fascinating glimpse into how wildlife functions in a human-dominated environment.”
The 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum will re-open on December 3 and will run until July 4, 2021. Entry for the 2021 competition is open until 11.30am on December 10