A photo of a tiger in Russia as beautiful as it rarely gets a shutterbug behind the lens of the coveted “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” award.
The prized image depicts a Siberian tiger hugging a tree in the Land of the Leopard National Park in the Far East of Russia.
Their prey has been severely reduced, near-killed tigers have to canvass vast areas to hunt, which are very rare sightings. To secure the winning shot, photographer Sergey Gorshkov put a camera in the forest for 10 months – and the results were amazing.
“Combining skill, appearance and months of perseverance, photographer Sergey Gorshkov got it,” Cambridge Duchess Kate Middleton said while announcing the winner on behalf of London̵7;s Natural History Museum this week. “While the judges said it looked like an oil paint, it was a picture of a dying Amur female tiger.”