"Hunted to the verge of extinction over the last century, the Amur population is still threatened by poaching and logging today", said Dr Tim Littlewood, a jury member and the Executive Director of Science of the Natural History Museum in London, who develop and produce the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The pictures shall be exhibited on the London museum from October 16 by means of June 6, 2021, after which will embark on a United Kingdom and worldwide tour. It is open to photographers of all ages and abilities.
The museum said limited visitor numbers and security measures in the light of Covit-19 would ensure that visitors have a "safe and welcoming experience" and can view images in a crowded gallery.
Winners of other categories include Paul Hilton's picture of a young pig-tailed macaque, which scooped the Wildlife Photojournalist Story Award, and Frank Deschandol's remarkable photo of two wasps, which topped the Behavior: Invertebrate category.
Liina Heikkinen of Finland won Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year for her dramatic image of a young fox refusing to share the barnacle goose it holds in its jaws. Sergey knew the chances of getting the tiger on his lens was not an easy task.
Russian photographer Sergei Gorshkov won 49,000 entries from around the world and won the first prize in the prestigious competition, which took more than 11 months to capture with cameras hidden with the image.
Amur tigers, also called Siberian tigers, are the world's largest tiger subspecies and are native to the Russian Far East, northeastern China and North Korea.
Advertisement "Shafts of low winter sun highlight the ancient fir tree and the coat of the huge tigress as she grips the trunk in obvious ecstasy and inhales the scent of the tiger on resin, leaving her own mark as her message", said Rosamond Kidman Cox, chairperson of the judging panel, said Cox, describing the image.