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Tender play by Steve Levi, USA It was early March and Steve spotted this mother polar bear and her two cubs after 10 days of looking. They had recently left their birthing den in WapuskNational Park, Canada, to begin the long journey to the sea ice so their mother could feed. After a nap the cubs were in a playful mood
Teamwork by Jake Davis, USA Jake was on a boat off the coast of Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada where he watched humpback whales bubble-et feeding. Here the leader whale dives to locate the fish, once the fish are located, the rest of the pod swim in decreasing circles while blowing bubbles which create a net, trapping the fish
זנב של לוויתן גדול-סנפיר בבריטיש קולומביה, קנדהצילום: Jake Davis
Spot the reindeer by Francis De Andres, Spain The conditions for photographing at the Norwegian archipelago Svalbard are extreme, but wildlife has adapted to the environment and its freezing temperatures. Francis found this composition of white arctic reindeer, which were observing him, both curious and charming
קבוצת איילי צפון נחה בשלג בארכיפלג סוולבארד, בנורווגיהצילום: Francis De Andres
Beak to beak by Caludio Contreras Koob Mexico Ría LagartosBiosphere Reserve in the state of Yucatán is home to Mexico’s largest flock of Caribbean flamingos. This chick is less than five days old –it will stay in its nest less than a week before it joins a crèche of other youngsters who wander around the colonysearching for food.
נקבת פלמנגו מאכילה את גוזלה ביוקטן, מקסיקוצילום: Claudio Contreras Koob
Station squabble by Sam Rowley, UK Sam discovered the best way to photograph the mice inhabiting London’s Underground was to lie on the platform and wait. He only saw them fight over scraps of food dropped by passengers a few times, possibly because it is so abundant. This fight lasted a split second, before one grabbed a crumb and they went their separate ways.
שני עכברים נאבקים על פירור אוכל על רצפת רציף ברכבת התחתית של לונדוןצילום: Sam Rowley
The humpback calf by Wayne Osborn, Australia Wayne spotted this male humpback calf and its mother while diving off the Vava’u Island group in the Kingdom of Tonga. The calf kept a curious eye on Wayne as it twisted and turned before returning to its mother periodically to suckle. She was relaxed and motionless 20 metres (65 feet) below.
גור לוויתן גדול-סנפיר ליד איי ואוואו שבממלכת טונגהצילום: Wayne Osborn
A pulsing sea by David Doubilet, USA A school of red tooth triggerfish form a cloud of silhouettesabovea river of convict blennies flowing over the coral in Verde Island Passage, Philippines. The Passage, a strait that separates the islands of Luzon and Mindoro, is one of the most productive marine ecosystems in the world
דגים מהמין פיחון אדום-שן נעים מעל אלפי דגים מזן קברנון מהנדס לחופי הפיליפיניםצילום: David Doubilet
Losing the fight by Aaron Gekoski, UK Orangutans have been used in degradingperformances at Safari World, Bangkok –and many other locations –for decades. The shows were temporarily stopped in 2004 due to international pressure, but today the shows continue –twice a day, every day –with hundreds of people paying to watch the orangutans box, dance, play the drums and more
אורנגאוטן המשמש להופעות ב"עולם הספארי" בבנגקוק, תאילנדצילום: Damon Copeland
Captive by Marcus Westberg, Sweden A giant panda sits in its cage in a breeding centre in Shaanxi, China. With a growing wild population and no realistic plan of how to breed and raise pandas for rerelease into the wild rather than a life in captivity –not to mention lackof habitat being the largest barrier to the continued spread of the wild population –it is unclear how such centres will benefit the species
דב פנדה בכלוב שבו הוא מוחזק לצרכי הרבעה בשאנקסי, סיןצילום: Marcus Westberg
What a poser by Clement Mwangi, Kenya In Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve, Clement spent time observing this beautiful leopard as she soaked up the last warm rays of the setting sun. Clementis mindful to remember to take pleasure in life’s simple moments –being all too aware that sometimes, as a wildlife photographer, you can miss the exceptional while looking for the unusual.
נמר נח בשעת ערביים בשמורת הטבע מסאי מארה בקניהצילום: Clement Mwangi
Inquisitive by Audan Rikardsen, Norway From a hide on the coast of northern Norway, it took Audunthree years of planning to capture this majestic bird of prey in its coastal environment. After some time, the golden eagle became curious of the camera and seemed to like being in the spotlight
עיט זהוב בוחן את המצלמה בצפון נורווגיהצילום: AUDUN RIKARDSEN
Ocean’s signature by Angel Fitor, Spain Angel took this image in the waters off ofAlicante, Spain. Immersed in a strong current, an otherwise slightly undulating salp chain twists and turning forming whimsical shapes. Salps move by contracting, which pumps water through their gelatinous bodies.
סלפית נעה לחופי אליקנטה, ספרדצילום: Angel M. Fitor
A suitable gift by Marco Valentini, Italy Marco was in Hortobágyi National Park, Hungary whenhe spotted these kestrels displaying typical courtship behaviour. Here the female has just recovered an offering of a young green lizard from her suitor and in this touching moment she tenderly took hold of his claw
נקבת בז מצוי מחזיקה לטאה ירוקה שבז מצוי זכר העניק לה בפארק הלאומי הורטובאג' בהונגריהצילום: Marco Valentini
Trustful by Ingo Ardnt, Germany For over two years Ingo has followed the pumas of Torres del Paine National Park, in Patagonia, Chile. This female was so used to his presence that one day she fell asleep nearby. On awakening, she glanced at him in a familiar way, and he was able to capture this portrait of a completely relaxed puma
פומה בוהה במצלמה בפארק הלאומי טורס דל פיינה בפטגוניה, צ'ילהצילום: Ingo Arndt
Bon appétit by Lucas Bustamente, Ecuador Night hikes through the Ecuadorian jungle are one of Lucas’ favourite activities. With a keen interest in herpetology, he was overjoyed to spot this labiated rainfrog which are abundant in the region. It had just caught a baby tarantula and its comical expression said ‘caught in the act!
צפרדע מהמין Pristimantis labiosus אוכל עכביש טרנטולה באקוודורצילום: Lucas Bustamante
Family get-togetherby Michael Schober, Austria Marmots have become accustomed to the presence of humans in Hohe Tauern National Park, Austria and allow people to observe and photograph them at close range. This behaviour is beneficial for the marmots, as human company deters predators such as golden eagles
משפחת מרמיטות בפארק הלאומי הוהה טאוארן באוסטריהצילום: Michael Schober
Meeting place by Yaz Loukhal, France After a rough journey by sea to the remote Snow HillIsland off the east coast of the Antarctic Penisula, Yaz flew by helicopter and then trekked through thick snow to reach the emperor penguin colony. His efforts were rewarded with this incredible view of the whole colony.
מושבת פנגווינים קיסריים באי סנואו היל, לחופה המזרחי של אנטארקטיקהצילום: YAZ LOUKHAL
The surrogate mother by Martin Buzora, Canada Elias Mugambi is a rangerat Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya. He often spends weeks awayfrom his familycaring for orphaned black rhinoslike Kitui here. The youngrhinos are in the sanctuary as a resultof poaching or because their mothers are blind and cannot care for them safely in the wild.
קרנף שחור בשם קיטוי ומטפלו, אליאס מוגמבי, בשמורת הטבע ליווה שבצפון קניהצילום: Martin Buzora
Matching outfits by Michel Zoghzoghi, Lebanon Michel was in the Pantanal, Brazil photographing jaguars. One afternoon, as he was on the Três IrmãosRiver, a mother and her cub crossed right in front of his boat. He watched mesmerized as they left the water holding an anaconda with a very similar pattern to their own.
נקבת יגואר וגורה נועצים שיניים באנקונדה בעלת חברובורות בפנטנאל בברזילצילום: Michel Zoghzoghi
The unwelcome visitor by Salvador Colvée Nebot, Spain Over several months, Salvador watched different species of bird use the dead flower spike of the agave in Valencia, Spain as a perch before descending to a small pond to drink. A pair of common kestrels were frequent visitors though each time they came magpies would hassle them.
בז מצוי (מימין) ועקעק נחים על עץ אגבה בוולנסיה, ספרדצילום: Salvador Colvee Nebot
Training session by Stefan Christmann, Germany When Stefan came across this penguin couple in Atka Bay, Antarctica, seemingly with an egg, he was surprised as it was too early in the season for egg-laing. Upon closer inspection he discovered the egg was a snowball! Perhaps the diligent couple were practicing egg transfer in preparation for when their real egg arrived. This is possibly the first time it has ever been witnessed and documented
זוג פינגווינים מביטים בכדור שלג, המדמה ביצה, על רגליו של הזכר, באטקה ביי שבאנטארקטיקהצילום: Stefan Christmann
Winter’s tale by Valeriy Maleev, Russia Valeriy encountered this Pallas’s cat while it was out hunting in the Mongolian grasslands –it was -42°C(-44°F)on that frosty day, but the fairy tale scene cancelled out the cold. Pallas’s cats are no bigger than a domestic cat and they stalk small rodents, birds and occasionally insects.
חתולת פאלאס אורבת לטרף בערבה קפואה במונגוליהצילום: Valeriy Maleev
Big ears by Valeriy Maleev, Russia Valeriywas on a summer expedition to the Mongolian part of the Gobi Desert when he happened upon a long-eared jerboa. As blood moves through the ears of these usually nocturnal animals, excess heat dissipates across the skin and so the jerboa is able to stay cool.
ירבוע ארוך-אוזניים בחלקו המונגולי של מדבר גוביצילום: Valeriy Maleev

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