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Perfect shot of the rare Iberian wolf wins nature photo contest

It’s hard to believe the shot is real: it’s that good. But a photo of a rare Iberian wolf—a subspecies of the gray wolf—jumping a fence has won the 45th Veolia Environment Wildlife Photo of the Year award. The photographer, Jose Luis Rodriguez, has said that he hopes the haunting image will inspire the people of Spain to be proud to have this endangered animal still roaming their countryside.

As usual the contest has brought amazing photos and photographers together in one place. The best Young Photographer of the year award went to Fergus Gill who captured two yellowhammers squabbling over oats in the winter.

A close-up shot of a jaguar buffeted by green leaves in Brazil’s Pantanal won the Gerald Durrel Award for Endangered Wildlife. The jaguar is listed as Near Threatened by the IUCN Red List. While, a photo of a Bornean pygmy elephant—a subspecies of the Asian elephant—peering through the foliage on the Kinabantangan River in Borneo won runner-up in the category. The subspecies, which is the world’s smallest elephant, is considered Critically Endangered.

Winner of the One Earth prize, which is meant to highlight conservation issues, is a lone fir tree standing in a clearcut of old growth forests in Washington State.

All the winning images will be displayed beginning October 23rd at the Natural History Museum in London. The Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum and the BBC.

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