Images of ‘wonder and woe’ in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

showcase Mother Nature in its consolation and beauty, often depicting a contrast between the two. From vibrant sunsets that capture the vibrant feelings of wonder experienced when witnessing the magnificence of the natural environment, to scenes that depict suffering of the animal kingdom, such as huddles of penguin chicks huddled to protect themselves from a strong weather system. Other examples include images of whale migration and herds of wild horses silhouetted against a thundering sky, which reflect the woe and hardship these animals must endure in order to survive. By capturing these contrasting images, the competition hopes to raise awareness for the fragility and beauty of the natural world.