People's Choice Award
The Audience Award in the photo competition
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
THE WINNER HAS BEEN FOUNDThe international photography competition Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the world's largest of its kind, and again this year the 100 best images of nature and wildlife can be experienced at the Natural History Museum of Denmark. In addition to the exhibited images chosen by a professional jury, the Natural History Museum in London nominates a further 25 images for a global public vote, and the winner of the coveted audience prize, the People's Choice Award, has now been found.
It was German photographer Sascha Fonseca who won the audience prize in Wildlife Photographer of the Year with his photograph of a snow leopard sacnning for prey between the peaks of the Ladakh mountains in India. Sascha's picture of the snow leopard posing against the beautiful sky received the most votes from the total of 60,000 animal and nature enthusiasts who took part in the vote.
Get the full story behind Sascha's winning photo below and see the other nominees. Join the conversation on social media via #WPY58 #WPYPeoplesChoice.
WINNER of People's Choice Award
A snow leopard scans for prey among the rugged peaks of the Ladakh mountains in India. The winning image was taken during a three-year bait-free camera-trap project high up in the Indian Himalayas, where photographer Sascha Fonseca's camera trap captured the very shy snow leopard in the perfect pose against the beautiful sky.
Sascha has been fascinated by animals since childhood and he started doing photography in 2013. He now travels to remote places like Ladakh with the hope of capturing photos of the big cats. He specializes in camera traps, which allow him to capture close-up images of wildlife that would otherwise be impossible to capture.
The snow leopard's fur means that it is easily camouflaged against its rocky, snow-covered surroundings, and this, combined with the fact that it is most active at dawn and dusk, makes it very difficult to spot. Sightings of snow leopards are therefore extremely rare and occur mostly in winter when they descend from the mountains to hunt. So camera traps are indispensable for nature photographers' work.