Bond of Brothers

    These two adult males, probably brothers, greeted and rubbed faces for 30 seconds before settling down. Most people never have the opportunity to witness such animal sentience, and David was honoured to have experienced and captured such a moment. The picture was taken in Ndutu, Serengeti, Tanzania.

    Nikon D800E + 400mm f/2.8 lens; 1/500th sec at f4.8, ISO 500.

    Photo Credit: David Lloyd, New Zealand / UK

    Fox Meets Fox

    Matthew 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.

    Photo Credit: Matthew Maran, UK

    Three Kings 

    Wim 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.

    Photo Credit: Wim Van Den Heever, South Africa

     A Polar Bear’s Struggle

    Justin’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.

    Photo Credit: Justin Hofman, USA

    One Toy, Three Dogs

    While adult African wild dogs are merciless killers, their pups are extremely cute and play all day long. Bence 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.

    Photo Credit: Bence Mate, Hungary

The people have spoken

By Jess Teideman | February 26, 2019

Wildlife Photographer of the Year LUMIX People’s Choice Award winner revealed

The Natural History Museum’s annual showcase of the world’s best nature photography and photojournalism has revealed the winner of the people’s choice award. More than 16,000 nature fans voted from a selection of 25 images shortlisted by the London institution, with New Zealand-born London-based photographer David Lloyd’s picture, Bond of Brothers, depicting a unique moment between a pair of male lions, emerging as the favourite.

The two adult males, 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 David 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,” David says. “It is something I think more people need to be aware of for the sake of all animals.”

The 55th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is currently being judged. The winners will be announced in October 2019.