The competition, which is in its 57th year, awards 19 categories of wildlife photography, including behaviour, photojournalism, and portraiture.
This year, the competition received 50,000 entries from photographers around the world. Judges looked for innovation, narrative, and technical skill.
Photographer Majed Ali from Kuwait trekked for four hours in a Ugandan national park to meet Kibande, an almost 40- year-old mountain gorilla. “The more we climbed, the hotter and more humid it got,” Ali recalls. As cool rain began to fall, Kibande remained in the open, seeming to enjoy the shower. That’s when he snapped this photograph, the winner for Animal Portrait.
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