A stunning photo of two foxes tells a scary story about climate change

By capturing their environment with a trained eye, the top wildlife photographers of the year remind us how precarious natural ecosystems really are.

Don Gutoski won this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, with the image “Tale of two foxes,” taken in Cape Churchill, Canada. The prize-winning photo is “a stark example of climate change, with red foxes encroaching on Arctic fox territory,” explained jury member Kathy Moran, National Geographic magazine’s senior editor for natural history projects, in the press release.

The photography competition is held annually by London’s Natural History Museum, where photos will be on display beginning October 16. Here are a few more favorites from among category winners and finalists:

Flight of the scarlet ibis. Winner: Young Wildlife Photographers, 15–17 years old
Flight of the scarlet ibis. Winner: Young Wildlife Photographers, 15–17 years old (Jonathan Jagot/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015)
Michael-AW_ Underwater
A whale of a mouthful. Winner: Under Water (Michael AW/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015)
Edwin-Giesbers_ Amphibians & Reptiles
Still life. Winner: Amphibians and Reptiles (Edwin Giesbers/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015)
Pere-Soler_ From the Skies
The art of algae. Winner: From the Sky (Pere Soler/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015)
Britta-Jaschinski_ Photojournalism, Single Image Award
Broken cats. Winner: The Wildlife Photojournalist Award, single image (Britta Jaschinski/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015)
Credit: Thomas P. Peschak/www.thomaspeschak.com
The shark surfer. Finalist: Photojournalism Award, single image (Thomas P Peschak/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015)
21. Rosamund Macfarlane, Snow hare
Snow hare. Finalist: Mammals (Rosamund Macfarlane/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015)
26. Zsolt Kudich, Great egret awakening
Great egret awakening. Finalist: Birds (Zsolt Kudich/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015)
03. Carlos Perez Naval, To drink or not
To drink or not. Finalist: 10 Years and Under (Carlos Perez Naval/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015)
31. Andrey Gudkov, Komodo judo
Komodo judo. Finalist: Amphibians & Reptiles (Andrey Gudkov/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015)

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