British royal Kate Middleton announced the winners of the 56th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition during a virtual ceremony on Tuesday.
The Duchess of Cambridge announced the winners on Tuesday evening at a small event in the museum’s Hintze Hall that was broadcast online.
Sergey Gorshkov was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his work, “The Embrace.”
The stunning photo centers on a female Amur tiger in Russia’s Siberia rubbing against a tree to mark her territory.
“Hunted to the verge of extinction in the past century… the remarkable sight of the tigress immersed in her natural environment offers us hope, as recent reports suggest numbers are growing from dedicated conservation efforts,” Tim Littlewood, the Natural History Museum’s executive director of science, said.