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Wildlife photographer of the year
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13:23, November 07, 2008

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The world's most arresting photographs of animals in the wild are on display in Britain.The photographs were all entered in this year's global Wildlife photography competition. Over thirty thousand images from 82 countries and regions were entered.

The photographs on display are among the best of the many thousands entered in this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. The shots cover a great breadth and range of subject matter pertaining to wildlife. The judges said they were looking for images that created a sense of personal communication in deciding the winners.

Sophie Stafford, Juded of Wildlife Photographer of the Year, said, "What I'm personally looking for is an image that makes a connection with me.I see a lot of images everyday in the course of my job, so for me something that stands out, something that's original, something that speaks to me and moves me is really what I'm after, you know straight away, the images are flicking up there are so many, thirty two thousand, down to about five hundred, down to 72 it's a huge responsibility, and a huge task, but actually you have an instant reaction, they're flicking past and it's an instant yes or no."

The overall winner of this years prize is wildlife photographer Steve Winter. He spent ten months tracking extremely rare snow leopards in isolated areas of India and Pakistan. Using remote cameras, filming over six months in sub zero conditions he captured a stunning image of the snow leopard.

Steve Winter, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, said, "This took a lot of preparation, trying to find the remote areas where I could use these cameras, where I knew I would get photos of the snow leopard, so that took a couple of years to find the area and to be sure that it was the right time to do, and bring in as whole team, actual expedition, to go into this area and set up a base camp and bring fourteen remote cameras, and set them up and move them around in forty five locations over six and a half months because the most important thing is to awareness of the plight of the snow leopard throughout it's range and to help bring people to be fascinated by the animal and learn more about help to protect it so it has a future."

British teenager Catriona Parfitt took the Young Wildlife Photographer prize. She captured "The Show" with a male lion launching a risky attack on an adult giraffe.

The competition had seventeen other categories in which winners, runners up , and highly commended works were recognized. The entries are considered some of the best and most visually stimulating photographs of wildlife taken around the world.

Source: CCTV.com

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