The Best Wildlife Photographs of the Year

Over 48,000 photos were entered in the Veolia Environnement contest; these 10 were among the most stunning

Emperor Penguins
Paul Nicklen / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Bubble-jetting emperors

emperor penguins
(Paul Nicklen / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012)
Paul Nicklen (Canada)
Winner
Category: Underwater Worlds


Visit the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition website to see all of the winning photographs.

Porcupine Watching

porcupine
(Vladimir Medvedev / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012)
Vladimir Medvedev (Russia)
Winner
The Eric Hosking Portfolio Award

Life in the border zone

deer in landscape
(Vladimir Medvedev / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012)
Vladimir Medvedev (Russia)
Winner
The Eric Hosking Portfolio Award

Last Look

Tiger photograph
(Steven Winter / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012)
Steve Winter (USA)
Winner
The Wildlife Photojournalist Award

Ice Matters

None
(Anna Henly / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012)
Anna Henly (UK)
Winner
The World in Our Hands Award

Frozen Moment

None
(Paul Nicklen / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012)
Paul Nicklen (Canada)
Winner
Category: Behaviour - Birds

The Eye of the Baitball

bird
(Cristóbal Serrano / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012)
Cristóbel Serrano (Spain)
Runner-up
Category: Behaviour - Birds

The Duel

duel
(Sergey Gorshkov / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012)
Sergey Gorshkov (Russia)
Commended
Category: Behaviour - Birds

Snow pounce

fox
(Richard Peters / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012)
Richard Peters (UK)
Commended
Category: Behaviour - Mammals

Into the mouth of the caiman

caiman
(Luciano Candisani / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012)
Luciano Candisani (Brazil)
Winner
Category: Behaviour - Cold-blooded Animals