The results of the 2018 Lumix People's Choice Contest for wildlife photography

The results of the 2018 Lumix People’s Choice Contest for wildlife photography

The Wildlife Photography Competition Has Been Running For 54 Years. This Competition Was Established By The Museum Of Natural History With The Aim Of Displaying The Best Photography Of Nature.

As part of the Lumix People’s Choice Contest, the Natural History Museum has released a list of 25 of the best photos that have received more than 45,000 votes from professional and amateur photographers worldwide.

The LUMIX People’s Choice Award competition started on Monday, February 5, 2019 (February 16, 2018). An exhibition of photos of the participants in this competition will be held in the Museum of Contemporary History on June 30, 2019 (July 9, 2018). Entrance tickets will cost £8 for children, £13.50 for adults, and £28-38 for families.

Stay with Shutter in this article to review this list of 25 together with explanations about each photo.


Photographer: Anna Henly (Anna Henly), England

Lumix People's Choice Contest

This photo was taken from inside the helicopter. This lone tree is located in an abandoned lot at the edge of a tropical forest in Kauai, Hawaii. The broken lines of the land are intertwined with the natural beauty of a tree’s wild and unruly branches.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera +  70-200 mm F2.8 L IS USM EF lens used at 130 mm; 1/2500 second at 2.8 aperture; ISO 400.

Ice and Water

Photographer: Audun Lie Dahl, Norway

Lumix People's Choice Contest

The Bråsvellbreen Ice River originates from one of the icebergs in the Svalbard archipelago in Norway and flows south. Where this river joins the sea, the ice wall is so high that only the waterfalls can be seen. As a result, Avedon used a drone to create such an extraordinary landscape.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro camera + 24mm lens; 1/120 second at aperture 6.3; ISO 100. Panorama of three photos.

Family Portrait

Photographer: Conner Stefanison, Canada

Lumix People's Choice Contest A gray owl and her chicks sit on top of a pine tree in Kamloops, Canada. They only looked at Conor twice the entire time he hid in a 50-foot (15-meter) tree during nesting season.

Canon 1D Mark IV+ 500mm Canon lens with F4 IS; 1/200 second at F7.1; ISO 1250; Manfroto monopod

Curious Encounter

Photographer: Cristobal Serrano, Spain

Lumix People's Choice Contest

A close encounter with an animal in the wild lands of Antarctica is a completely random phenomenon. Hence, Christenball was thrilled by his unknowing encounter with a seal off Cuvervile Island in Antarctica. These curious creatures are protected species and live only in the presence of a few species of predators.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV camera + Canon 8-15mm EF F4L Fisheye USM lens; 1/250 second at F8; ISO 160; Seacam holster and flash.

Bond Of Brothers

Photographer: David Lloyd, New Zealand/UK

Lumix People's Choice Contest

The two adult lions, probably brothers, rubbed their faces together for 30 seconds after meeting each other and settling down. Most people will never witness such a scene, and David was honored to experience and capture such a moment.

Nikon D800E camera + 400 mm lens with F2.8; 1/500 second at F4.8; ISO 500.

Clam Close-up

Photographer: David Barrio, Spain

Lumix People's Choice Contest

This macro photo was taken of a rainbow mussel in the Southern Red Sea in Marsa Alam, Egypt. The home of these oysters is among corals, where they build nests and grow. It took some time for David to approach the clam; he was afraid the clam had sensed his movements and closed.

Nikon D7100 camera – 105 mm lens + Saga lens with ten diopters; 1/180 second at F27; ISO 200; Isotta pods; 2 strobes.

Painted Waterfall

Photographer: Eduardo Blanco, Mendizabal, Spain

Lumix People's Choice Contest

When the sun shines through a hole in the rock at the foot of the La Foradada waterfall in Catalonia, Spain, it creates a beautiful pool of light. It is as if the rays of light have been painted on the waterfall, and such a magical image has been made.

Canon 5D Mark III camera + 24-105 mm lens with F4; 30 seconds in F9; neutral gray filter; Tripod.


Federico Veronesi, Kenya

Lumix People's Choice Contest

On a warm morning at Chitake Springs, located in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pool National Park, Federico watched an old lion come down the river bank. He was lurking to attack any animal that came near the river bed.

Nikon D810 camera + 400 mm lens with F2.8; 1/1000 second at F5 (-1e/v; ISO 140.


Photographer: Franco Banfi, Switzerland

Lumix People's Choice Contest

Franco was about to dive into Dominica in the Caribbean Sea when he saw this male whale next to a female whale. Unfortunately, the baby female whale kept disturbing, and the agile male whale kept avoiding the baby female whale.

Canon 1DX Mark II camera + 8-15 mm lens with F4; 1/100 second at F16; Seacam pod.

Resting Mountain Gorilla

Photographer: David Lloyd

Lumix People's Choice Contest

The baby gorilla was clinging to his mother when his curious eyes fell on David. He was walking in South Bwindi, Uganda, when he saw this family and followed them, finally capturing this image when they stopped in a small enclosure and began to rest and treat each other.

Fox Meets Fox

Photographer: Matthew Maran, United Kingdom

Lumix People's Choice Contest

Matthew had been photographing foxes near his home in North London for over a year and had always dreamed of capturing such street art. After countless hours and unsuccessful attempts, his persistence paid off.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera + 70-200mm lens with F2.8 IS II USM; 1/500 second at F4; ISO 800.


Photographer: Pedro Carrillo, Spain

Lumix People's Choice Contest

The mesmerizing patterns of this Numan anemone are beautifully blended with a Clarkii clownfish. This view is located in Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia. This anemone is referred to as a nursery because it is often used as a temporary home for juvenile clownfish until they find a more suitable adult host.

Nikon D4 camera + 70-180mm Nikkor lens with F4.5-5.6 D ED AF Micro at 78mm; 1/250 second at F16; ISO 100; Seacam pod; Two Seacam Seaflash 150TTL flashes.

The Extraction

Photographer: Konstantin Shatenev, Russia

Lumix People's Choice Contest

Every winter, hundreds of sea eagles migrate from Russia to the relatively ice-free shores of northeastern Hokkaido in Japan. They hunt in frozen waters and chase fishing boats for stranded animals. Constantine captured his photo inside a boat as the eagles snatched a dead fish from the ice.

Canon 1DX+ EF300 lens camera with F4 IS USM; 1/1250 second at F13; ISO 800.


Photographer: Franco Banfi, Switzerland

Lumix People's Choice Contest

A group of panfish feeding on plankton under the moonlight off the coast of Isla Espiritu Santo in Baja, California, Mexico. Franco used the lights under his boat, and with a long exposure, he recorded this extraordinary photo.

Canon 5DS camera + 8-15mm lens with 1/4 second at F11. ISO 160: Isotta pod: two strobes.

The Orphaned Beaver

Photographer: Suzi Eszterhas, USA

Lumix People's Choice Contest

An orphaned North American water dog in the hands of a caretaker at the Sarvey Wildlife Animal Care Center in Arlington, Washington. Fortunately, he was paired with a female water dog who also acted as a mother to him, and then together, they returned to the wild.

Canon 1DX camera + 24-70 mm lens with aperture 2.8: 1/200 second at F3.5: ISO 1600.

Red, Silver, and Black

Photographer: Tin Man Lee, USA

Lumix People's Choice Contest

Tin was lucky to find a fox den in Washington State, North America, home to three red, black, and silver foxes. After days of waiting for a good scene and conditions, he finally got his reward with such an emotional and touching scene.

Canon 1DX Mark II + 600mm lens with F4: 1.4x teleconverter; 1/1600 second with F11; ISO 2000.

Sound Asleep

Photographer: Toni Wu, USA

Lumix People's Choice Contest

This adult humpback whale balances in the middle of the water and appears to be asleep. The bubbles above the animal’s head come from two holes on the top of the whale’s head, suggesting the animal is resting. The photo was taken at Vava “u” in the Republic of Tonga.

Canon 5D Mark III camera + 15 mm lens with F2.8 Fisheye; 1/200 second at F10; Zillion pods; Pro-One dome port.

Three Kings

Photographer: Wim Van Den Heever, South Africa

Lumix People's Choice Contest

Wim made his way to these king penguins just as the sun rose. They were surprised in the middle of the mating operation. The two males circled the female penguin and used their legs to push the rival away.

Nikon D810 camera + 70-24 mm lens with F2.8 x 40 mm; 1/250 second at F11; Flash Nikon SB910.

All That Remains

Photographer: Phil Jones, England

Lumix People's Choice Contest

A male cowfish had washed a week ashore before the elephant’s trip to Lion Island in the Falkland Islands. Despite its large size, quicksand covered its entire carcass, and vultures and scavengers such as the striated caracara had begun to roam around.

Canon 1Dx Mark I+ Canon lens with F2.8 Fisheye; 1/1250 seconds at F16; ISO 1600; Gorillapod Joby; Hanhel remote control shutter.


Photographer: Christian Vizl, Mexico

Lumix People's Choice Contest

With a perfect viewing position and great sunlight shining through, Christian captured this portrait of a swimming nurse shark. Usually, these sharks are resting on the bottom of the sea, so it is scarce to see them swimming. The location of this photo is the edge of Bimini Bay in the Bahamas.

Canon 5D Mark II camera + 16-35mm lens with F2.8; 1/200 second at F9; ISO 200; Aquatica pods.

A Polar Bear’s Struggle

Photographer: Justin Hofman, USA

Lumix People's Choice Contest

Justin’s whole body was aching from waiting to see this hungry polar bear slowly stretching his body. As the ice thins and shifts, the bear cannot find food. The photo was taken at a hunter’s camp in the Canadian Arctic.

Sony a7R II camera + Sony 100-400mm lens with EF F4.5 – 5.6 GM OSS; 1/200 second at F10; ISO 800.

Unique Bill

Photographer: Rob Blanken, Netherlands

Lumix People's Choice Contest

Ablaq Nook Dahnajri has a delicate and unique tip that swings like a sickle and probes the shallow salt water. This extraordinary portrait was taken from a hideout in the northern Friesland in the Netherlands.

Nikon D500 camera + Nikkor 500-200mm lens with F1:5.6 E ED AF-S at 250mm; 1/200 second at F6; ISO 800.

One Toy, Three Dogs

Photographer: Bence Mate, Hungary

Lumix People's Choice Contest

While African wild dogs are ruthless killers, their puppies are adorable and play all day long. Bence took this photo in Mkuze, South Africa, of these brothers. All four of these cubs were trying to play with the leg of an impala (a type of deer) and were pulling and moving it in three different directions.

Canon EOS-1DX Mark II camera + 200-400mm lens (35mm lens equivalent: 197.2-394.3mm); 1/1800 second at F4.0; ISO 4000.

Under The Snow

Photographer: Audrey Morel, France

Lumix People's Choice Contest

This squirrel has come to see Avdern without any fear of a snowstorm. Modern was photographing birds in the small village of Jura in Les Fourgs, France. While impressed by the squirrel’s resistance and effort, he made this animal the subject of his photography.

Nikon D7200 camera + 300mm Nikon lens with F4; 1/1600 second at F4; ISO 500.

A Bat’s Wake

Photographer: Antonio Leiva Sanchez, Spain

Lumix People's Choice Contest

After months of field research in a big-eared bat colony in Success, Lleida, Spain, Antonio captured this photo of a bat in flight. He has used the technique of high-speed photography with flash combined with sequential light to illuminate the space.

Canon 7D Mark II camera + Tamron 18-270 mm lens with F3.5-6.3; 1/13 second at F10; ISO 200; infrared wall; Flash Metz 58 AF-1; E-TTL flash cable.

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