Sleeping Polar Bear Wins WPOTY People’s Choice Award

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‘Ice Bed’, Nima Sarikhani’s dreamy image of a young polar bear drifting to sleep on a bed carved into an iceberg, has been voted as the winner of Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award

©Nima Sarikhani / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The 25 images in the running for this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award received a record number of votes with over 75,000 wildlife photography and nature fans from around the world casting their votes to name British amateur photographer Nima Sarikhani this year’s winner. 




Douglas Gurr, Director of the Natural History Museum at the Natural History Museum in London, says: ‘Nima’The image is a stunning and poignant one that shows the fragility and beauty of our planet.

‘His thought-provoking image is a stark reminder of the integral bond between an animal and its habitat and serves as a visual representation of the detrimental impacts of climate warming and habitat loss.’ 

After three days searching for polar bears through thick fog off Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, the expedition vessel Nima was on decided to change course and headed towards where there was still some sea ice. Here they found two polar bears.

Just before midnight the young male clambered up onto a tiny iceberg. Using his strong paws he clawed at it to carve a bed for him. Nima captured this dreamlike moment when the young bear drifted into sleep. 

Nima says ‘I am so honoured to have won this year’s People’s Choice award for WPY, the most prestigious wildlife photography competition. This photograph has evoked strong emotions in many who have seen it.

‘Whilst climate change is the biggest challenge we face, I hope that this photograph also inspires hope; there is still time to fix the mess we have caused.’ 

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©Tzahi Finkelstein / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The four ‘Highly Commended’The finalists that have also captured the attention of wildlife lovers around the world include ‘The Happy Turtle’Tzahi Finchlstein describes a fascinating encounter between a Balkan Pond Turtle and a Northern banded Groundling dragonfly. ‘Starling Murmuration’Daniel Dencescu captured the moment that a starling swarm formed into the shape of a pigeon. 

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©Daniel Dencescu / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Two lionesses groom one of the prides five cubs in Kenya’s Maasai Mara in Mark Boyd’s ‘Shared Parenting’, and Audun Rikardsen’s stunning capture ‘Aurora Jellies’Two moon jellyfish are illuminated by aurora borealis, in a fjord of Norway. 

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©Mark Boyd / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Nima’s image and the four finalist ‘Highly Commended’Images were selected from a list of 25 images selected by the Natural History Museum in London and an international panel of judges from nearly 50,000 images submitted to the fifty-ninth Wildlife Photographer Of The Year competition. 

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©Audun Rikardsen / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The five images are displayed online and in an accompanying exhibition at London’s Natural History Museum until 30 June 2024. 

The Natural History Museum in London is the producer and developer of Wildlife Photographer of the year. The competition highlights inspiring and impactful natural stories to create advocates for our planet.

The annual competition for amateur and professional photographers of all ages from around the world uses photography’s unique emotive power to connect people with nature. Images entered in the sixty-fifth competition are being judged by a panel of international experts.

The winners will be announced during the next annual award ceremony, which takes place at South Kensington in October of 2024. 




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