These wildlife photography winners showcase the beauty and cruelty of nature

The wildlife photos have been coming thick and fast lately.

First we had the highly commended entires in the Wildlife Photography of the Year Awards, then we had the Comedy Wildlife Photography of the Year Awards, and this week we had the microscopic entries for the Nikon Small World Photomicography Competition.

Now, we have even more photos from the Wildlife Photography of the Year Awards — and this time it’s the winners.

On Tuesday night, the competition – which is run by London’s Natural History Museum – announced the winning entries across 17 categories, including the overall winner of the entire contest.

Before we dive into the photos, a quick warning: Although many of the entries below showcase nature’s beauty, they also show its more brutal side — and there are two photojournalism winners, right at the bottom, that show animals in captivity.

'The embrace' by Sergey Gorshkov, Russia. Winner of 'Animals in their environment' and overall competition winner.

‘The embrace’ by Sergey Gorshkov, Russia. Winner

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How Nature Is Holding Space For Black Women & Their Trauma

It’s been months since most of us have booked a spontaneous girls trip, enjoyed a low-lit celebratory meal inside of a restaurant, or swayed to the beat at a concert; the types of moments that make us feel alive and allow us to escape the heaviness that can accompany the experience of traversing this world inside a Black body. Being forced to stay indoors and watch the world turn inside out has left many of us breathless and scrambling for an outlet — something that could hold our pain and trauma; something that could not only be a source of joy, but also one of healing. 

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In a world that constantly tells Black women that we aren’t worthy of joy or healing (see: life-altering pay disparities and potentially deadly medical biases), there are very few places that can offer much-needed solace. However, nature — the one

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art imitates nature to reveal the delicate beauty of moths

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It is intriguing that moths are one of the few animal groups to trigger a recognised psychological anxiety, “mottephobia”. It is surely a reflection of our deep-seated diurnal biases that we visit all manner of affections upon butterflies but withhold them from their nocturnal relatives. Working on the assumption, cited by Dostoevsky in Demons, that “one cannot love what one does not know”, the artist Sarah Gillespie has mounted a campaign at Helston’s Kestle Barton art centre to change our minds. Her print exhibition, Moth, running until 31 October, is a glorious revelation of the insects’ special brand of beauty.

Moths are subtle, the colours delicate, their patterns and chromatic combinations a blend of revealing form and protective function. Often a moth’s appearance is as much disguise as it is a declaration of identity.

Gillespie captures all this complex aesthetic information, but her

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