The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has unveiled the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
According to the details, the Russian photographer Sergey Gorshkov has won the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for an image of an Amur tigress hugging a tree.
This picture of the majestic beast, an Amur (Siberian) Tigress hugging the tree, beat the 49000 entries around the world, to scoop the top prize in the prestigious contest.
The image was taken by Sergey Gorshkov in eastern Russia after an 11-month stakeout.
The winners were announced by Kate Middleton at an online awards ceremony streamed from the Natural History Museum in London, where an exhibition of the images will go on display.
Kate in her message said: “The competition attracts the very best in wildlife photography.”
“The skill and creativity of this year’s images provide a moving and fascinating insight into the beauty and vulnerability of life on our planet.”
“Many congratulations to you Sergey, and thank you to all of those who entered for showing us the magic of the natural world, and for reminding us that caring for our environment and its precious biodiversity has never been more important.”
According to the judges, “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.”