The winners of the prestigious Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 competition have been announced and will go on display at the Natural History Museum alongside other highly commended works.
Still Life in Oil by Daniel Beltrá. Photo: Daniel Beltrá/Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Claiming the main prize was Spain's Daniel Beltrá for Still Life in Oil
- an image of eight oil-drenched pelicans taken from his six-picture series The Price of Oil
described by chair of the judging panel, Mark Carwardine as: "a strong environmental statement, technical perfection and a work of art all rolled into one." The Price of Oil
also went on to scoop the Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year Award for Beltrá.
Pester Power by Mateusz Piesiak. Photo: Mateusz Piesiak/Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Flying the flag for young photographers was Mateusz Piesiak from Poland whose image of a young oystercatcher pestering an adult for food earned him the title of Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Carwardine praised the image saying: "This would make any professional proud – and is doubly impressive for someone so young."
To see more of the award-winning works on display at the Natural History Museum from today just click through the gallery below:
Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011, 21 Oct-11 Mar, Natural History Museum
>> For more of the gorgeous images from this year's exhibition, check out our selection of Highly Commended photos
Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine