This week the Natural History Museum in London will hold the ceremony to announce the winners of the Wildlife Photographers of the Year. The winning images are powerful reminders of life beyond cell phones, Facebook, and other daily routines we have become accustomed to. Notably, some of the most impressive categories are from those not even old enough to drive.
In the Guardian this week were the winners of the wildlife photographers of the year. Some images showed the incredible size of ice shelves from underwater, some with the curiosity of animal behavior and some captured the devastating murders of endangered species.
Brent Stirton captured this image of a Black Rhino murdered in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve for the horns to be sold into South Africa or China. The final image won the Wildlife Photographer of 2017 as well as the Wildlife Photojournalist Award in the story category.
Another powerful category winner was by Daniël Nelson of a western lowland gorilla. The ability to capture a natural moment of this ape would be difficult enough by a seasoned anthropologist so to read that it was in the 15-17-year-old category was impressive, to say the least.
The 11-14-year-old category winner was telling a story through her image. Ashleigh Scully caught this moment of an American red fox pouncing into the snow for prey during her hunt. The images express the "harsh reality of winter life in Yellowstone” according to Scully.
The 10 and under category was won by Ekaterina Bee of Italy. During a boat trip off the central coast of Norway, she spotted a few herring gulls after her food. Her reaction was not to the closest bird but the expression of the bird behind. She wrote, "It looked very curious, as if it was trying to understand what was happening on the boat."
The Earth's environment category was won by Laurent Ballesta of France. The immense size of this ice shelf in East Antarctica was shown by the scale compared to the divers beside it. Although capturing this image was not easy. It took three days of planning, installing grid lines and taking a series of images to get the final scene.
For a full list of winning images and the powerful stories behind them check out The Gaurdian.