This rare photograph of a Siberian tiger embracing a tree in Russia’s Far East won Russian photographer Sergey Gorshkov the top distinction of Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
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A rare, hopeful image of a Siberian tiger in Russia's Far East won Russian photographer Sergey Gorshkov the honor of Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
A Siberian tiger bathed in dappled light stands on her hind legs and embraces an ancient tree. Her eyes are squeezed shut, her mouth is pulled into what looks like a blissful smile, her cheek is pressed against the bark. It’s a moment of pure beauty: Siberian tigers are highly endangered, but this one, notably, is at peace.
For his photograph of this rare, fleeting moment, called “The Embrace,” Russian photographer Sergey Gorshkov has won the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year, awarded today by London’s Natural History Museum.
“It’s a scene like no other. A unique glimpse of an intimate moment deep in a magical forest,” said Roz Kidman Cox, chair of the judging panel, in a press release. The photograph