Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018: Winners announced for the Natural History Museum show

Jessie Thompson, Tahira Mirza
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Lounging leopards, curious bears and a bed of seals all feature in this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which returns to the Natural History Museum this week.

The popular show will open at the museum this weekend, showcasing the very best animal and nature photography and photojournalism.

The winners of the awards were revealed on Tuesday night, with the main prize going to Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten for his image of a pair of snub-nosed monkeys in China’s Qinling Mountains.

The picture, entitled The Golden Couple, shows the endangered species in their last remaining habitat.

Winning image The Golden Couple by Marsel van Oosten

Skye Meaker, 16, took home the prize for Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his image of a leopard waking up in Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana.

Lounging leopard by Skye Meaker, winner of the youth prize

The prize received over 45,000 entries from over 95 countries, and just 100 have been selected to go on show in the exhibition (including the two winners).

For the first time the prize also includes a Lifetime Achievement Award, which this year went to Frans Lanting for a body of work spanning over three decades. A selection of his photography will go on show as part of the exhibition.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 opens at the Natural History Museum on October 19, before going on an international tour; nhm.ac.uk/wpy