Take a look at 9 of the best nature photos submitted to the 2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Which shot do you like the most?
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A portrait of African elephants took home top honors in this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. The winners of this year's competition were announced this week at a gala awards ceremony at London's Natural History museum. We take a look at 9 of the best photos.
"Elephants of Essence" by South African photographer Greg de Toit beat out almost 43,000 entries to make him the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013. This image was taken at a watering hole in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana.
"For many years," he said in press material from the Natural History Museum. "I’ve wanted to create an image that captures their special energy and the state of consciousness that I sense when I’m with them. This image comes closest to doing that."
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition serves as a way to "promote the discovery, understanding, and responsible enjoyment of the natural world," according to the Natural History Museum. The competition is now in its 49th year and is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC. Entries can be submitted by amateur and professional photographers. The competition is judged by a panel of international industry-recognized professionals.
An exhibition featuring "Essence of Elephants" and other works will open at the Natural History Museum on Oct. 18.
Essence of Elephants (South Africa)
Greg du Toit/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013
Winner: Wildlife Photographer of the Year