Wild Planet http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/temporary-exhibitions/wild-planet-london/index.html , an exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, showcases 80 of the best images from the archives of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
American bison de-frosting, by Mervin D Coleman, USA. One bitterly cold morning in Yellowstone National Park, Mervin came across three bison by the side of the road. The sun was beginning to peek over the ridge, silhouetting one of them. ‘As steam began to rise from its frost-covered body, it added moisture to the air, creating a prism of colours,’ Mervin said. ‘It was a magical, almost spiritual moment.’
Termite catching, by Kristin J Mosher, USA. In Gombe National Park in Tanzania, Glitter, a five-year-old chimpanzee, climbed a tree and started grabbing at winged termites that were swarming all around. Usually the chimps stand on the ground and catch them as they crawl out of their mounds, said Kristin. So when Glitter started to grab recklessly at the cloud of flying termites, Kristin knew it was special. To me, the image is powerfully symbolic. It reflects the condition of the whole species – teetering on the edge of extinction.Picture: Kristin J Mosher / Wild Planet
Rockhopper rush-hour, by Solvin Zankl, Germany. Solvin spent a month getting to know these rockhoppers on the Falkland Islands. When the penguins return from feeding at sea, they hurry out of the water and across the beach to their nests in large numbers, trying to avoid leopard seals and killer whales hunting in the shallows. Solvin needed perfect timing to get this shot. ‘I had to wait for the right mix of low tide, indirect sunlight and, of course, a big enough group of penguins,’ he said.Picture: Solvin Zankl / Wild Planet
Polar bears scavenging, by Howie Garber, USA. The corpse of a grey whale in Alaska lured in a surprising crowd. Polar bears are usually solitary, and hunt on sea-ice. But this group contained adult males, at least one female, sub-adults and cubs. Another 30 or so bears waited their turn. As a result of climate change, sea-ice has retreated record distances from the coast in recent summers. This might explain the unusual gathering, as these bears could have been stranded on land, far from their usual prey. Picture: Howie Garber / Wild Planet