The king of beasts took this year’s top prize in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which is co-owned by the Natural History Museum (London) and the BBC.
The photo, of female lions and their cubs resting on a rock face in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, was taken by Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols, a photographer with National Geographic.
This is the 50th year of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
The awards were presented last week by Sir David Attenborough, the renowned wildlife filmmaker and a patron of the museum
“I remember the very first one,” Attenborough said, who also presented awards at the first competition in 1964. “It was a great occasion but it’s marvelous to see what it’s grown into. It is a true privilege to be here after 50 years of these wonderful competitions.”
For its fiftieth anniversary, the competition—which is considered one of the top photo competitions in the world—kickstarted its first-ever Public Choice Award, which is decided by an international vote.
Below are a selection of some of this year’s winners, but for the full selection see the 2014 Gallery.
This article was first published by Mongabay.com on 27 Oct 2014.