The Natural History Museum has published it’s stunning winning entries in the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards, which discovers, encourages and rewards the next generation of aspiring wildlife photographers.
The 52nd Annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards called on photographers worldwide to put nature in the frame. Whether you're young, old, professional or amateur, it was all about pieces of work that raise awareness of the beauty and fragility of the natural world.
With over 50,000 entries from almost 100 countries choosing some winning pictures proved to be a big task, but the winning images reveal the abundance, beauty, resilience and vulnerability of life on Earth.
There were actual 4 categories in the Awards; 10 years and under, 11-14 year olds, 15-17 years, and then Adults, which was further broken down into 11 sub-categories.
The winning entry in the 15-17 year olds was a stunning piece entitled The Moon And The Cow by 16-year-old Gideon Knight from London.
Strolling through the park at dusk, a carrion crow caught Gideon’s eye as it moved through a tree. He kept watch waiting for the crow to pause in silhouette. Finally, just as the light was failing, Gideon captured an ordinary moment and turned it into something magical.
Usually seen on their own or in pairs, carrion crows are highly intelligent and playful birds that delight in toys. Carrion crow pairs mate for life, building nests and caring for their young together. Despite being fiercely territorial, carrion crows are often mistaken for rooks, which are sociable birds.
You can see some other of the finalist’s images in the 15-17 year old category below, and to see all the winning entries and finalists from all the age categories please head on over to the official website here, where they are already taken submission for the 53rd Awards next year.