It took him over 11 months to capture the image using motion sensor cameras, but his photo of an endangered Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) earned Russian photographer Sergey Gorshkov the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award from London’s Natural History Museum.
Titled “The Embrace,” the images shows a tiger marking a Manchurian fir tree with its scent. The competition received over 49,000 entries.
“It’s a scene like no other, a unique glimpse of an intimate moment deep in a magical forest,” said Roz Kidman Cox, the chair of the judging panel.
The Young Photographer of the Year award went to Liina Heikkinen for her image of a young red fox (Vulpes vulpes) fiercely defending its meal from its siblings in Finland.