Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the Natural History Museum’s annual competition and exhibition highlighting the unique and beautiful relationship between photography, science, and art. What began in 1965 as a magazine competition with just 361 entries has blossomed into one of the world’s most prestigious photography awards, with over 45,000 entries each year and a touring exhibition seen by millions around the globe. No less than 95 different countries sent in their applications and this year, for the first time, the talented Laurent Ballesta, a Frenchman received the grand prize. “For five years Laurent and his team returned to this lagoon, diving day and night to see the annual spawning of camouflage groupers. They were joined after dark by reef sharks hunting the fish”.

To see the other winners, visit the contest website.