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Tuesday, 31 October 2017


Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 – the winners:
Memorial to a Species by Brent Stirton, South Africa.The killers were probably from a local community. Entering the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve at night, they shot the black rhino bull using a silencer. Working fast, they hacked off the two horns and escaped. The horns would have been sold to a middleman and smuggled out of South Africa to China or Vietnam.
The Good Life by Daniël Nelson, The Netherlands. Daniël met Caco in Odzala national park in the Republic of Congo. Here, Caco is feasting on a fleshy breadfruit. He is about nine years old and preparing to leave his family. Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered, threatened by illegal hunting for bushmeat, disease (notably the Ebola virus), habitat loss and the impact of climate change.
Stuck In by Ashleigh Scully, USA. Deep snow had blanketed the Lamar valley in Yellowstone national park, Wyoming, and the day was cold and overcast. This female American red fox was hunting beside the road, stepping quietly across the crusty surface of the snow. The image, says Ashleigh, “illustrates the harsh reality of winter life in Yellowstone”.
The Grip of the Gulls by Ekaterina Bee, Italy. Like all her family, five-and-a-half-year-old Ekaterina is fascinated by nature. On a boat trip off the coast of central Norway, her focus was on the cloud of herring gulls. They were after food, and as soon as Ekaterina threw them bread, they surrounded her. She liked the expression of the bird furthest away: ‘It looked very curious, as if it was trying to understand what was happening on the boat.’
Crab Surprise by Justin Gilligan, Australia. Out of the blue, an aggregation of giant spider crabs the size of a football field wandered past. Justin was documenting a University of Tasmania kelp transplant experiment and was taken by surprise. A Maori octopus seemed equally delighted with the unexpected bounty. It was having trouble choosing and catching a crab. Luckily for Justin, the stage was set with clear water and sunlight reflecting off the sand.
Contemplation by Peter Delaney, Ireland/South Africa. Peter had spent a long, difficult morning tracking chimpanzees – part of a troop of some 250 – through Uganda’s Kibale national park. Totti was busy with vigorous courtship, pacing and gesticulating for a female in the canopy. It was only when he finally flopped down, worn out with unrequited love, that Peter had his chance.
The Incubator Bird by Gerry Pearce, UK/Australia. Most birds incubate their eggs with their bodies. Not so the Australian brush turkey, one of a handful of birds – the megapodes – that do it with an oven. Only the males oversee incubation. In this case, a male had chosen to create his nest-mound near Gerry’s home in Sydney, bordering Garigal national park. If he and his mound were to females’ liking, they would lay a clutch of eggs inside. In this picture, he is piling on more insulation to raise the temperature.
The Ancient Ritual by Brian Skerry, USA. Like generations before her, the leatherback turtle moves steadily back to the ocean. Leatherbacks are the largest, deepest-diving and widest-ranging sea turtles. Much of their lives are spent at sea, shrouded in mystery. When mature, females return to the shores where they themselves hatched to lay their own eggs. Sandy Point national wildlife refuge on St Croix, in the US Virgin Islands, provides critical nesting habitat.
The Night Raider by Marcio Cabral, Brazil. For three seasons, Marcio had camped out in Brazil’s Cerrado region, on the vast treeless savannah of Emas national park, waiting to capture the termite mounds’ light display. Click beetle larvae living in the outer layers of the mounds flash their bioluminescent “headlights” to lure in prey – the flying termites. Out of the darkness ambled a giant anteater, oblivious of Marcio in his hide, and began to attack the tall, concrete-mud mound with its powerful claws to reach the termites deep inside.
Giant Gathering by Tony Wu, USA. Dozens of sperm whales mingled noisily off Sri Lanka’s northeast coast, stacked as far down as Tony could see. This was a congregation of dozens of social units, like a gathering of the clans. Aggregations like this could be a critical part of the whales’ rich social lives but are rarely reported. Some two thirds of the population was wiped out before commercial whaling was banned in 1986. This kind of major gathering could be ‘a sign that populations are recovering’, says Tony.
Tapestry of Life by Dorin Bofan, Romania. Dorin was in Hamnøy in the Lofoten islands, Norway, when the clouds parted, allowing shafts of sunlight to fall on to the great walls of metamorphic rock, lighting up the swathes of vegetation coating the canyon and its slopes. The mountains here rise steeply from the sea yet mountain birches manage to gain a foothold. This mountain variety of downy birch is relatively small, and here in its autumn colours, is glowing gold.
The Jellyfish Jockey by Anthony Berberian, France. In open ocean far off Tahiti, French Polynesia, Anthony regularly dives at night in water more than 2km (1.2 miles) deep. His aim is to photograph deep-sea creatures – tiny ones that feed on plankton. This lobster larva, at the phyllosoma stage, just 1.2cm across, was gripping the dome of a small mauve stinger jellyfish. The pair were drifting in the current, but the phyllosoma also seemed able to steer the jelly.
The Ice Monster by Laurent Ballesta, France. Laurent and his expedition team were working out of the Dumont d’Urville scientific base in east Antarctica. Ice shelves in the East Antarctic ice sheet are melting faster than scientists assumed. When Laurent spotted this small iceberg, he saw the chance to show for the first time the underwater part. It took three days to check the location, install a grid of lines from the seabed to buoys (so that Laurent could maintain a definite distance) and take the series of pictures to capture the scene.
Polar Pas de Deux by Eilo Elvinger, Luxembourg. From her ship anchored off Svalbard, in Arctic Norway, Eilo spotted a polar bear and her two- year-old cub in the distance, slowly drawing closer. Nearing the ship, they were diverted to a patch of snow soaked in leakage from the vessel’s kitchen and began to lick it. “I was ashamed of our contribution to the immaculate landscape,” says Eilo, “and of how this influenced the bears’ behaviour.”
Palm-oil Survivors by Aaron “Bertie” Gekoski, UK/USA. On the island of Borneo, three generations of Bornean elephants cross the terraces of an oil-palm plantation being cleared for replanting. In the Malaysian state of Sabah, where most rainforest has been logged, the palm-oil industry is still a major driver of deforestation, squeezing elephants into smaller pockets of forest. Increasingly they come into conflict with humans, with elephants being shot or poisoned, and attacks on humans are also on the rise.
...and this week's photos by pros:
Photograph: Slavek Ruta/Rex/Shutterstock
A red-shanked douc langur at Chleby zoo, Czech Republic.

Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images
Professional surfer Al Mennie walks over sand dunes as he makes his way back to his van after surfing, captured in infrared. Portrush, Northern Ireland.

Photograph: Jo Davidson/SilverHubMedia/Rex/Shutterstock
Grace Jones peers out from beneath her headdress at the premiere of the documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami. London, England.

Photograph: Romina Amato/Red Bull via Getty Images
Rhiannan Iffland from Australia dives from a 21-metre platform in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Lago Ranco, Chile 

Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA
An unfinished portrait of a woman, thought to be Mary Queen of Scots, is revealed behind a 1589 portrait of Sir John Maitland, Lord Chancellor of Scotland, at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Conservator Caroline Rae discovered the unfinished portrait using X-rays during a research project. Edinburgh, Scotland.

Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA
Laila Skovmand, a musician with Danish company Between Music, sings underwater in a tank during rehearsals for Aquasonic at the Tramway. Glasgow, Scotland.

Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters
A visitor to London Comic Con uses the lavatory. London, England.

Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images
A protester with a machete and a knife during clashes with police in the Kibera shanty town after the country’s presidential elections. Nairobi, Kenya.

Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images
An opposition supporter lies on the street, unharmed, as he protests near a burning barricade in Kibera (Nairobi) shanty town.

Photograph: Antonio Calanni/AP
Two white storks nest on a tree. Zerbolo, Italy.

Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images
An Olympique de Marseille supporter burns a flare outside the Velodrome stadium before the football team kick-off against Paris Saint-Germain.

Photograph: Mikael Buck/Rex/Shutterstock
A cat at the Fluffytorium in Soho Square, a pop-up aimed at children who might not otherwise get the chance to spend time with pets.

Photograph: Dai Kurokawa/EPA
A man turns away from the heat of a fire that engulfed a market in the Kawangware slum. A small shop allegedly owned by a member of the Kikuyu community, a tribe to which President Uhuru Kenyatta belongs, was set ablaze by supporters of the opposition coalition and then the fire spread. Nairobi, Kenya.

Photograph: Rebecca Blackwell/AP
A girl dressed as Catrina, the ‘Lady of the Dead’, waits for the Grand Procession of Catrinas, in Day of the Dead celebrations. Mexico City, Mexico.

Photograph: Apu Gomes/AFP/Getty Images
Men of the Waiapi tribe, one of the most traditional tribes of the Amazon rainforest, play flutes and dance in the river to call on the Anaconda snake to protect their village. Amapa state, Brazil.

Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men pray next to the Mediterranean while performing the Tashlich ritual, during which ‘sins are cast into the water to the fish’, Herzliya, Israel.

Photograph: Rodrigo Abd/AP
Salsa dancers at a club in the financial district, Caracas, Venezuela.