Tree-hugging tiger named as winner of Wildlife Photographer of the Year award after snapper waited 11 MONTHS to take it

Tree-hugging tiger named as winner of Wildlife Photographer of the Year award after snapper waited 11 MONTHS to take it

  • Updated: 14 Oct 2020, 8:20

A TREE-hugging tiger helps a snapper get his paws on a Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.

The image was taken by Sergey Gorshkov in eastern Russia after an 11-month stakeout.

14Sergey Gorshkov's breathtaking image The Escape scooped the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awardCredit: PA:Press Association
14Natural History Museum patron Kate Middleton unveiled the winners last nightCredit: PA:Press Association
14In the Behaviour: Birds category, Jose Luis Ruiz Jimenez's Great Crested Sunrise came up trumpsCredit: PA:Press Association
14Sam Sloss's A Mean Mouthful took home the top prize in the 11-14 categoryCredit: PA:Press Association

Winners were announced last night by the Duchess of Cambridge at the National History Museum in London.

She said: "The skill and creativity of this year’s images provide a moving and fascinating insight into the beauty and vulnerability of life on our planet."

Other pictures picked from 49,000 entries include a clown fish in Indonesia, a proboscis monkey in Borneo and a family of great crested grebes in Spain.

Kate had earlier teased the announcement in a short clip posted online by Kensington Palace.

The Duchess, who is patron of the attraction, donned the all black outfit, pairing the smart blazer with a matching top and waist belt cinching in her waist.

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In the clip, she said: "It is so wonderful to be back at the reopened Natural History Museum where we can all enjoy its treasures once again.

"I'm here because tomorrow night I'm announcing the fifty-sixth winner Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

"I've been lucky enough to have a quick preview and I can say it's truly spectacular – I can't wait for you all to see it."

14Mogens Trolle's The Pose won the WPY Animal Portraits awardCredit: PA:Press Association
14In the Photojournalism category, Show Business by Kirsten Luce was named the winnerCredit: PA:Press Association
14The fox that got the goose by Liina Heikkinen scooped this year's Young Photographer of the Year awardCredit: PA:Press Association
14Paul Hilton's Backroom Business won the Wildlife Photojournalist Story AwardCredit: PA:Press Association
14Andres Luis Dominguez Blanco was named the winner of the 10 years and under category with his image Perfect BalanceCredit: PA:Press Association
14Shanyuan Li's rare snap of Pallas's cats landed the Behaviour: Mammals category gongCredit: PA:Press Association
14On the steep cliffs of a Sardinian island, a male Eleonora’s falcon brings his mate food –a small migrant, probably a lark, snatched from the sky as it flew over the MediterraneanCredit: Alberto Fantoni
14A Cordilleran flycatcher pauses at its nest over the window of remote research cabinCredit: Alex Badyaev
14A Manduriacu glass frog snacks on a spider in the foothills of the Andes in EcuadorCredit: Jaime Culebras
14This remarkable simultaneous framing of a red-banded sand wasp (left) and a cuckoo wasp, about to enter next-door nest holesCredit: Frank Deschandol
Sharp-suited Kate Middleton stuns as she teases winner of the Natural History Museum’s wildlife photography contest

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