Winners of the 2020 World Nature Photography Awards (17 photos)

An orangutan climbs a tree toward the photographer.

The submissions to this year’s World Nature Photography Awards have been judged, and the winning images and photographers have just been announced. Thomas Vijayan was the Grand Prize winner, with his image of an orangutan climbing a tree. The contest organizers have shared with us some of the winning images, shown below, from their 13 categories. Captions were provided by the photographers and have been lightly edited for clarity.

The World is Going Upside Down: Grand Prize Winner and Gold, Animals in Their Habitat category. To make this image of a Bornean orangutan in Tanjung Puting National Park, the photographer climbed a tree and waited. “I selected a tree that was in the water so that I could get a good reflection of the sky which can make the image look upside down. Then I climbed up the tree and waited for hours. This is a regular path for the orangutans to cross to another small island so I was sure to get this frame if I waited patiently.”

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