Professional photographer David Lloyd is the winner of the People’s Choice Award at this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
His photograph of a pair of male lions, entitled ‘Bond of Brothers’, saw off competition from more than 45,000 entries. The two adult males, likely brothers, rubbed faces for around 30 seconds before settling down. It is unusual behaviour for lions to nuzzle for so long, so David felt privileged to experience this moment and have the opportunity to share it with the world.
“I’m so pleased that this image did well because it illustrates the emotion and feeling of animals and emphasises that this is not limited to humans,” said Lloyd.
“It is something I think more people need to be aware of for the sake of all animals.”
The Natural History Museum had originally selected a shortlist of 25 images and opened the vote to the public. The winning photo can now be seen at the Museum, alongside all the other amazing entries, until the exhibition closes on 30 June 2019.
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