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: