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Snap Of Tigress Hugging Tree Wins 2020 Wildlife Photographer Award

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Moscow: A Russian photographer Sergey Gorshkov was awarded with prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year for an Armur tigress hugging a tree.

It took over 11 months for Gorshkov to capture the photograph using the hidden cameras in Russia’s Far East, which is the only place on earth where Aurmur or Siberian tigers are found.

According to a press release from the Natural History Museum, which runs the competition, Gorshkov was awarded the prize on Tuesday.

Chairman of the judging panel, Roz Kidman Cox said, “It’s a scene like no other. A unique glimpse of an intimate moment deep in a magical forest.”

“Shafts of low winter sun highlight the ancient fir tree and the coat of the huge tigress as she grips the trunk in obvious ecstasy and inhales the scent of tiger on resin, leaving her own mark as her message.”

Jury Member and executive director of science of Natural History Museum said “The remarkable sight of the tigress immersed in her natural environment offers us hope, as recent reports suggest numbers are growing from dedicated conservation efforts,” was quoted s saying by CNN.

The winners were announced during a virtual ceremony that featured Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, Tuesday, with Gorshkov who claimed the prestigious prize.

The photographers who won in other categories are- Frank Deschandol’s remarkable photo of two wasps, which topped the Behavior: Invertebrate category, Paul Hilton’s picture of a young pig-tailed macaque won the Wildlife Photojournalist Story Award.

A Finnish photographer Liina Heikkinen won the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020 that had a picture of protecting the goose it caught from five siblings.

Wildlife filmmaker and jury member Shekar Dattatri said, “A sense of furtive drama and frantic urgency enlivens this image, drawing us into the frame.”

“The sharp focus on the fox’s face leads us straight to where the action is. A great natural history moment captured perfectly,” he added.

The winners were chosen from a shortlist of 100 images and they will be exhibited at the Natural History Museum in London before embarking on a UK and international tour.

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