For more than half a cenury, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has encouraged honest and ethical wildlife photography, while pushing the boundaries of artistic freedom, technical skill and narrative excellence. This powerful collection of images features all the winning photographs from the 2015 competition. The collections represent the work of many international photographers, both professionals and amateurs. An international jury chooses pictures based on their artistic merit and originality, from a range of categories that represent a wide range of natural subjects. The styles used are also diverse, as is the genre of photography, whether it is action, macro, underwater, landscape or environmental reportage. Together this phenomenal collection reminds readers of the splendour, drama and variety of life on our planet. Each photograph features a detailed caption written by the photographer, and the portfolio is introduced by Thomas Mangelsen, one of the world's most respected nature photographers.
Rosamund Kidman Cox is an editor and writer, specialising in wildlife and environmental issues and with a particular interest in photography. She was editor of Wildlife Magazine, subsequently BBC Wildlife Magazine, for 23 years and has been a judge of the competition since 1981, launching it in its current form. She is on the executive committee of the International League of Conservation Photographers.