Wildlife Photographer Of The Year
See the winners of the internationally acclaimed Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The competition now in it's 48th Year attracted over 48,000 entries from 98 countries
Paul Nicklen's image entitled 'Bubble-jetting emperors; was awarded the coveted overall title of Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
To capture the image Paul traveled to the Ross Sea in Antarctica, and waited with his legs locked under ice waiting for the penguins. His patience paid off as with frozen fingers her was able to capture the precise moment that the birds launched themselves out of the water and on to the ice above.
Underwater photographer and competition judge David Doubilet believes the image 'draws us in for a glimpse of the emperor penguin's private world at the end of the earth.' He's particularly enamoured with the image because it' shows perfectly organised infinite chaos.'
The ecxhibition opens to the public on the 19th October at the Natural History Museum in London.
Book your tickets to the exhibition here.
Entries for next year's competition open on December 2012. Find out more here.
See the commended entries from the competition