Screw the thousand words. Some of these pictures are worth a set of encyclopedia all by themselves.
Mostly because I had a son who always wanted to see more pictures of an learn more about the animals of the world, I’ve had a soft spot for amazing wildlife pictures.
Apparently, I’m not alone.
For the past 50 years, the fine folks over at the National History Museum in United Kingdom have collected together some of the best examples of wildlife photography every year. This leads to the selection of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and a truly stunning gallery exhibition.
This year, the Natural History Museum is allowing you (and, oddly, me) the opportunity to help choose the People’s Choice for best wildlife photograph of the year.
Vote for your favourite image from the WPY 2014 People’s Choice collection.
Our jury has chosen 50 of the best images from the 2014 competition shortlist. Which one captures your imagination?
Browse the images in this gallery and select the Vote button to make your choice. Choose carefully as you only have one vote.
Voting closes on 5 September 2014. The winning image will be revealed in October.
Share your favourite with @NHM_WPY on Twitter using the hashtag
#MyWPY and you could win a copy of 50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year: How Wildlife Photography Became Art, published by the Natural History Museum.
I’ll be honest with you dudes. I just spent an hour or so flipping through the gallery with my mouth hanging open in astonishment. These are some freaking awesome pictures, dudes.
My major problem with them is that I enjoyed them all so much I had an exceedingly difficult time choosing which one I should vote for.
Eventually, though, I settled on one that just seemed to speak to me.
Okay, not exactly speak to me, but it certainly had a striking visual that just made me stare. And stare. Eventually, though, I blinked and lost the staring contest.
Seriously, dudes, if you’ve got some time and want to feed your brain and your sensawonder a bit, head on over to the gallery and look for your favorite.
Also, a very happy birthday to my father-in-law, The Italian. He’s the man behind the best, most-flavorful spaghetti sauce in the world and I’m a very fortunate man to have him in my family.
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