This commemorative portfolio displays the gallery of all the 100 pictures awarded in the 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, together with the stories of what they reveal and how they were created. Representing the work of photographers worldwide, they illustrate both the beauty and drama of the natural world and our conflicted relationship with it. Chosen by an international panel of judges from around 50,000 entries, the images are the work of photographers from dozens of countries and represent a worldwide range of styles and ways of seeing nature. You will find a rich variety of subjects, from wild regions, remarkable behaviour and portraits of creatures you may never have seen before, to reportage of vitally important ethical and environmental issues. Adding depth are the background stories – not just about how the pictures were made and the equipment used but also information about the subjects and why the photographers chose them.
Rosamund Kidman-Cox was the editor of BBC Wildlife Magazine for 23 years. She is the coeditor of books including Frozen Planet, Life, and Planet Earth for BBC Books.