Laurent Ballesta was selected as the winner of the competition. After rendering your “enigmatic image” creation.
Captures a spectacular shot of the camouflage group popping out of a milky cloud of its eggs and sperm at Fakarva, french polynesia.
Over the past five years, Mr. Ballesta and his team have returned to the lagoon, diving day and night, so that they do not miss out on the annual spawning that only occurs around the full moon in July.
Her image was chosen from over 50,000 entries from 95 countries and was named the winner in a virtual awards ceremony the natural History Museum in central London.
Judging panel chairperson, writer and editor Rosamund “Rose” Kidman Cox said the picture captures a magical moment.
“The image works on many levels. It is stunning, energetic and intriguing, and has an ethereal beauty to it,” she said.
“It also captures a magical moment, a truly explosive creation of life, leaving the tail of the escaped eggs hanging for a moment like a symbolic question mark.”
This year is the 57th exhibition with a record number of presentations showing nature under pressure.
Breathtaking photos show a cheetah swimming in a raging river in Kenya, a lynx making a comeback in Spain and a piece of herring dying in the wake of a fishing boat in Norway.
Meanwhile, 10-year-old Vidyut R Hebbar was adjudged Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021.
His color image, Dome Home, shows a tent spider as a tuk-tuk passes.
Two winners were chosen from a total of 19 categories aimed at celebrating the natural world.
Three new categories were introduced this year, Oceans the Bigger Picture and Wetlands the Bigger Picture.
A total of 100 images from the competition will be displayed in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit at the Museum of Natural History.
It opens on 15 October before touring throughout the UK and internationally.