Black-naped Oriole. “In parks and gardens in many parts of Asia, the loud, fluty whistles and striking plumage of black‐naped orioles are familiar to suburban residents. While on a morning jog in the Malaysian town of Sungai Petani, Kim spotted an oriole nest high up in a mango tree in a fruit orchard.
Beware a mother bear by Mikhail Shatenev; Finalist, 15-17 years old.
Grub time by Hui Yu Kim; Finalist, 15-17 years old. “It was his second night without sleep, and Mikhail had to force himself to keep his eyes open and fixed on the swampy coniferous taiga around the hide. He was in bear-watching country, a remote region of Kainuu, Finland, and the hide was just a few hundred metres from the Russian border.
The disappearing fish by Iago Leonardo; Finalist, Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish.
“In the open ocean, there’s nowhere to hide, but the lookdown fish – a name it probably gets from the steep profile of its head, with mouth set low and large eyes high – is a master of camouflage. Recent research suggests that it uses special platelets in its skin cells to reflect polarized light (light moving in a single plane), making itself almost invisible to predators and potential prey.
Splitting the catch by Audun Rikardsen; Finalist, The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image
“Sometimes it’s the fishing boats that look for the killer whales and humpbacks, hoping to locate the shoals of herring that migrate to these Arctic Norwegian waters. But in recent winters, the whales have also started to follow the boats. Here a large male killer whale feeds on herring that have been squeezed out of the boat’s closing fishing net. He has learnt the sound that this type of boat makes when it retrieves its gear and homed in on it.