A photo of a Russian tiger, as beautiful as it is rare, brought the shutter behind the lens of the coveted Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.
A valuable image depicts a Siberian tiger hugging a tree in the country of Leopard National Park in the Far East of Russia.
Due to the significant reduction in production, nearly extinct tigers have to cover large areas for hunting, which makes observations extremely rare. To ensure a winning shot, photographer Serhiy Gorshkov placed the camera in the woods for 10 months – and the results are stunning.
“Thanks to a combination of skill, appearance and months of perseverance, photographer Sergei Gorshkov was able to capture this,”; said the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, announcing the winner on behalf of the London Museum of Natural History this week. “Although the judges said it looked like an oil painting, it was a photograph of a missing Amur female tiger.”