By Gemma Peplow, Skynews | December 1, 2020
From comical snaps of a picture-perfect family of owls and a dog eyeballing a moose, to serious shots of a zebra head “trophy” and the heartbreaking moments leading up to the death of the last male northern white rhino left on the planet – these are some of the most striking images of wildlife taken in 2020.
While the winner of the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer Of The Year was crowned in October, voting is now open for the People’s Choice award, which is chosen by the public.
The image above is called The Last Goodbye, by US photographer Ami Vitale, and shows rhino Sudan being comforted in the moments before he died at the Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya in 2018. Aged 45, he was the last northern white rhino left in the world. Vitale says he hopes Sudan’s legacy will serve as a wake-up call to the reality of extinction.
Here are the other images that have made the shortlist, chosen by the museum from more than 49,000 entries from around the world.