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Help Choose Year’s Most Amazing Wildlife Photo

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.

'Shoaling Reef Squid' by Tobias Bernhard
‘Shoaling Reef Squid’ by Tobias Bernhard

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.

'Feel Safe' by Juan Carlos Mimó Perez
‘Feel Safe’ by Juan Carlos Mimó Perez

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

'Shoulder Check' by Henrik Nilsson
‘Shoulder Check’ by Henrik Nilsson

#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.

StargazerEventually, 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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Hot Dam!

No, I’m not cursing. I am, however, using a punne, or play on words, to talk about some really wonderful parenting. By birds.

See, there was this Mistle Thrush bird that built its plain-brown nest in the gutter of a house. It was the perfect spot. It already had a concavity in which to put the nest. It was under the eave of the roof, so it wouldn’t get rained on. It was up high so there wouldn’t be any quick, lethal visits from the local kitties. It was perfect.

Until the rain began.

The problem was that the nest was in the gutter and was so near the downspout, the drainage pipe that brings the rainwater from the roof to the ground and out onto the lawn, that the water started to back up when the downspout plugged up. Which meant that the nest and the little birds were about to drown.

In came super momma-bird. She plopped down into the gutter and promptly puffed herself up to about twice her normal size. She blocked the water and kept the nest and babies safe. While she was busy saving lives, the super poppa-bird went out and scavenged and hunted for food, which he then brought back for the babies and for momma bird.

Sacrifice, love and the super-avian power to expand your body size. Now that’s what I call a story that has everything. Here, take a look at the nest mid-rescue, in a picture taken by amateur wildlife photographer Dennis Bright.

bird_dam_1411649cNotice the water in the gutter to the left and the screaming, peeping baby birds behind. Pretty neat.

I think we can all learn something from this. Namely not to build your stupid nest in a gutter. Or something.

— Richard

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