Beauty, fragility of nature laid bare in wildlife photography contest

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Animal lovers and photography lovers alike can now vote for their favorite images Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award, which opened for public voting on Wednesday.

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The shortlisted photos include a kangaroo and its joey among burnt eucalyptus trees in the wake of the devastating Australian bushfires. Taken by Canada’s Jo-Anne MacArthur at a burned plantation in early 2020, it shows the destruction wrought by the blazes that ripped through the states of New South Wales and Victoria.

The fire, which killed 34 people, destroyed at least 44.5 million hectares of land and affected nearly 3 billion animals, has been described as “the most devastating natural disaster in living memory”.


MacArthur’s photograph is one of 25 images selected from over 50,000 entries from 95 countries, which are available online and on display. natural History Museum Voting in London will remain open until 2 February 2022, until 5 June.

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