Sumary of Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2021 Preview: 16 Extraordinary, Highly-Commended Finalist Photos:
- The lead cheetah looked straight at us during the crossing while gritting teeth with swimming effort, as if accusing us of not helping them and watching them about to die.
- There are stand-out pictures of unforgettable scenes and encounters – those unique wild moments, skilfully framed, that result from knowledge, experience and planning – but also fresh, beautiful observations of nature close to home or in close-up.
- Photo: Wei Fu, Thailand – Wildlife Photographer of the Year Clutched in the coils of a golden tree snake, a red-spotted tokay gecko stays clamped onto its attacker’s head in a last attempt at defence.
- Named for their to‑kay call, tokay geckos are large – up to 40 centimetres (16 inches) long – feisty and with powerful jaws.
- Wei was photographing birds at a park near his home in Bangkok, Thailand, when his attention was caught by the loud croaking and hissing warnings of the gecko.
- As the snake struck, injecting its venom, the gecko turned and clamped onto the snake’s upper jaw.