The announcement of the winners in the 2016 contest for Wildlife Photographer of the Year is just in, with winning images that depict the gamut of the nature that ranges from the extremes of ferocity to beauty. All of the following shots are winners in their categories but the overall win went to “A Tale of Two Foxes” a shot from Don Gutoski captured in Manitoba, Canada's Wapusk National Park.
Winner in the reptiles and amphibians category, "Still Life" by Edwin Giesbers
Michael Aw from Australia took the underwater division with his shot "A whale of a mouthful"
The grand prize winning "A Tale of Two Foxes". Editors at National Geographic declared the shot to tell one of the strongest stories of a single photograph that they have ever seen; it's a telling tale of the effects of loss of the foxes habitats due to climate change.
"The company of three" shot by Amir Ben-Dov from Isreal took top honors in the birds category.
Jonathan Jagot swept the Young Wildlife Photographers category in ages 15-17 with his photo "Flight of the scarlet ibis".
In the Impressions category, "Life comes to art" literally, with this shot from Spain's Juan Tapia.
In the 11-14 year old Young Wildlife Photographers division it was Ondrej Pelanek's "Ruffs on display" that took the prize.
Spain boasts another winner with this shot taking the From the Sky category. Pere Soler shows "The art of algae"
A slinking fox becomes a "Shadow Walker in Richard Peters lens, winning him the Urban category."