Photographer Yongqing Bao’s image of a Tibetan fox pouncing on a startled marmot in China’s Qilian Mountains has won the grand title in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 competition.
The picture captures a female fox who is on the hunt to keep her three cubs alive engages in a fight for survival with a Himalayan marmot.
“Photographically, it is quite simply the perfect moment,” said the chair of the judging panel, Roz Kidman Cox.
“Images from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau are rare enough, but to have captured such a powerful interaction between a Tibetan fox and a marmot – two species key to the ecology of this high-grassland region – is extraordinary.”
Likewise, Cruz Erdmann has been awarded the Young Photographer of the Year Award for his image big-finned reef squid.
The picture was taken while he was night diving in the Lembeh Strait off the coast of North Sulawesi Indonesia.
The pictures along with 98 other photographs across 19 categories have kept in display in the Natural History Museum in London.
Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019
Grand title winner
Cruz Erdmann, New ZealandOther award-winning images:
Pond World: lingering frogs, harmonious colours, soft, natural light and dreamy reflections.
Manuel Plaickner, Italy
Behaviour: Amphibians and Reptiles