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Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Winners announced

Months of anticipation ended last night as the shots that took centre stage in the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 Competition were revealed during a glittering awards ceremony at the Natural History Museum, London. Hosted by Yann Arthus Bertrand and Phillipa Forrester the evening was a chance for this year's winners to celebrate their achievements alongside Judges, peers and industry experts.
You can view the winning collection on our website - don't forget to also look out for the November issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine (on sale now) which features a special supplement containing many of the awarded images.

And the winners are...

Photo: © Paul Nicklen - Bubble-jetting emperors

Canada’s Paul Nicklen was anointed the 48th Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year with his image ‘Bubble-jetting emperors’.

Describing his winning image Paul said: ‘‘It was a fantastic sight as hundreds of penguins launched themselves out of the water and onto the ice above me – a moment that I felt incredibly fortunate to witness and one I’ll never forget.’

Chair of the Jury, Jim Brandenburg, also had the following to say, ‘When one captures intimacy in a photograph it is special. It feels as if we are swimming right along with this raft of emperor penguins. Working in a near impossible environment this photographer created a magnificent composition with near perfect lighting.’

In the Young Competition...

Photo: © Owen Hearn

Teenager, Owen Hearn (UK) became the Veolia Environnement Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 with his image Flight paths - ‘Seeing this red kite with an aeroplane in the distance was a moment I couldn’t miss,’ said Owen, a comment, Jury Chair, Jim Brandenburg, agreed with: ‘Every photographer is presented with lucky but often all too brief opportunities. Making this image in this split second moment speaks of perfect timing. The play of man’s flying machine against the kite is exceptional.’

2012 Exhibition, 19 October 2012 - 3 March 2013

The world-renowned show, featuring the 100 awarded images from this year's Competition, debuts at the Natural History Museum, London, on Friday 19 October and features the 100 awe-inspiring images. Through the lens of wildlife photography, the exhibition captures the power and beauty of the natural world, moving from microscopic intricacy to sheer vastness, as well as pointing to the sometimes uncomfortable reality of our human impact on it.

2013 Competition

Don't forget the 2013 Competition will be open for entries from 17 December 2012 – 22 February 2013.
Submitting your best shots to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition is your chance to showcase your talent to an international audience. Chair of the panel, Jim Brandenburg says: ‘It amazes me to discover new and startling moments that have never been seen before. Secret moments in nature combined with a talented eye have given us rare photographs that we will truly be enjoyed forever and I am honoured to play a role in such an important competition.’
Visit our website in December for further details and to enter.
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