This year’s ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2015 saw an incredible amount of talent from amateur and professional photographers. The competition attracted more than 450 entries around the world, with winners selected by expert judges.
ZSL’s Director General Ralph Armond said: ‘As stories of rare species facing extinction and increasing illegal wildlife trade dominate headlines, the need to raise awareness of and celebrate the wonders of the natural world has never been more pressing.
‘The ZSL Animal Photography Prize encourages photographers to capture the very essence of the animal kingdom and all that it entails, and the diversity of wildlife portrayed in the entries we’ve received has been so inspiring’.
The Adult Judge’s Choice in the ZSL Animal Photography Prize went to Andy Skillen’s incredible photo of a grizzly bear.
Skillen recalled the moment he took the shot to ZSL: ‘Here we see a female grizzly bear, patrolling the beaches of the Greater Lake Clark National Park area with Alaska’s ubiquitous mountains providing an iconic backdrop across the strait.
‘As it was late in the day, and the light was lending itself to a truly spectacular silhouette, I lay down in the water a little way along the beach and waited for her to come into shot. She dipped her head to search for fish and her back momentarily became part of the mountain range.
‘That gave me the split-second I needed to grab the image, and to portray the enormity of the landscape, and at the same time the all-dominant presence that only a grizzly can impart to a wilderness scene’.
Selected winning entries and runners-up images will be on display at the ZSL London Zoo until February 2016. In the meantime, the 2016 competition opens for entries in January. You can read more about it here.