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Fresh angles on the world’s wild treasures

DARLING HARBOUR: Sergey Gorshkov has to plan for months and take all his camera gear and other supplies in by helicopter but he still finds any excuse to visit Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean in the Russian Far East.

The Arctic fox with an egg. Photo: Sergy Gorshkov, Russia finalist, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The Arctic fox with an egg. Photo: Sergy Gorshkov, Russia finalist, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The island supports a diverse ecosystem where biologists are studying plants and animals to assess the effects of a warming climate and the growing presence of humans in the Arctic. Sergey collaborated with researchers and worked from shelters at the edge of the world’s largest snow goose breeding colony to shoot images of the geese without disturbing them. Arctic foxes have to be wily to nab the eggs – but this one succeeded! Sergey’s photo was chosen from almost 50,000 entries from 92 countries to tour the world. See it and 99 similarly fascinating images (along with each photographer’s backstory of how they were captured) at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, on at the Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, until October 11.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London.

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