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Sergey 's Tiger overall winner at 2020 WPY (8) More files...
We are proud of our photographer Sergey Gorshkov who's photograph 'The Embrace' is the overall winner of the 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition!

He scoured the forest in the Land of the Leopard National Park in Far East Russia for signs of Amur, or Siberian, tigers, searching for the best place to set up his camera trap. He knew his chance of photographing one was slim, but his mind was made up. ‘From then on, I could think of nothing else,’ Sergey says. After 10 months, his dedication paid off: he captured a rare glimpse of this magnificent tiger in its wild habitat.

These solitary cats exchange vital information, such as the need for mates, by leaving scent, hairs, urine and other markers on prominent spots, including tree trunks. In the far east of Russia, a population of around 500 Amur tigers persists, occupying a fragment of its former land. Under threat from habitat loss and poaching, these tigers are close to extinction.

This is not the first accolade Sergey has earned in the annual photo competition hosted by the Natural History Museum in London. Many of his images have won or been commended and finalists over the years.
Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) female territorial marking by rubbing cheek against ancient Manchurian fir tree, Land of the Leopard National Park, Far East Russia, November. Taken with remot...
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90843807 Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) female territorial marking by rubbing cheek against ancient Manchurian fir tree, Land of the Leopard National Park, Far East Russia, November. Taken with remot...©
Gemsbok (Oryx gazella) in sand dunes, Namibia. Finalist in the Mammals Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) Competition 2015.
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90703145 Gemsbok (Oryx gazella) in sand dunes, Namibia. Finalist in the Mammals Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) Competition 2015.© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) walking on Champ Island glacier, Franz Josef Land, Russian Arctic. Highly commended in Animals in their Enviroment Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards...
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90798164 Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) walking on Champ Island glacier, Franz Josef Land, Russian Arctic. Highly commended in Animals in their Enviroment Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards...© Sergey Gorshkov
Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) at night, taken with remote camera in Land of the Leopard National Park, Far East Russia, November.Highly Commended in the Animal Portraits Category of the Wil...
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90843810 Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) at night, taken with remote camera in Land of the Leopard National Park, Far East Russia, November.Highly Commended in the Animal Portraits Category of the Wil...©
Tolbachik Volcano erupting with lava flowing down the mountain side Kamchatka, Russia November 29th 2013 Winner of the Wildscapes category, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY competition)...  -  Sergey Gorshkov/ npl
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90390214 Tolbachik Volcano erupting with lava flowing down the mountain side Kamchatka, Russia November 29th 2013 Winner of the Wildscapes category, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY competition)...© Sergey Gorshkov / NPL
Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) carrying a Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens) egg in its mouth, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520033 Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) carrying a Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens) egg in its mouth, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) chasing Snow Goose (Chen caerulesens) off its nest, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519900 Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) chasing Snow Goose (Chen caerulesens) off its nest, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) in river, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782097 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) in river, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
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