Stunning Images from Veolia’s Best Wildlife Photo Competition

The winners of the Veolia Environment Photographer of the Year Competition, owned by the Natural History Museum in London and BBCWorldwide, were announced October 2012. The competition, now in its 48th year, features powerful images of nature (and sometimes its destruction), including a moonset at sunrise, a polar bear stranded on an ice floe and endangered Bengal tigers.    One-hundred winning photographs were culled from 48,000 entries from 98 countries. Here are some of the stories behind the award-winning images. You can see more photographs at the Natural History Museum website.

Into the Mouth of the Caiman by Luciano Candisani

Motionless but alert, a yacare caiman waits, ‘like a small tyrannosaurus’ for fish to come within snapping reach, says Luciano.

“The eye of the baitball” by Cristóbal Serrano of Spain

Cristóbal found this great circling shoal of grunt fish in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico, and watched it over two days. He would dive down and then sit on the sandy bottom some 20 metres below the surface to watch.

The Snow Herd by Vladimir Medvedev of Russia

At 1,800 metres in the mountains of Canada’s Banff National Park, bighorn sheep are forced to scrape down into the snow with their hooves to reach the grass below.

Ice matters by Anna Henly of the UK

Anna was on a boat in Svalbard – an archipelago midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole – when she saw this polar bear at around four in the morning. It was October, and the bear was walking on broken-up ice floes, seemingly tentatively, not quite sure where to trust its weight.

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