Last night, after months of anticipation, Bence Máté became the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year for 2010. The winners were announced at a gala awards ceremony held here at the Natural History Museum. The ceremony was hosted by BBC presenter and wildlife expert, Chris Packham.
The coveted title of Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year was awarded to Hungarian photographer Bence Máté from Pusztaszer for his image A marvel of ants. This simple shot captures the complexity of the behaviour of leaf-cutter ants in the Costa Rican rainforest. Bence’s winning photograph is from the competition’s Erik Hosking Award given to the portfolio of 6 images that represent the best work of young, talented photographers between the ages of 18 and 26. This award has not been given since 2007, when Bence last won it.
Fergus Gill from Scotland was crowned Veolia Environnement Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year for the 2nd year in a row. His image of a fieldfare, The frozen moment, was judged to be the most memorable of all the pictures by photographers aged 17 or under.
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