Some interesting images, the tiger chasing the sambar is pure gold, should have won IMHO, it embodies everything that camera trapping is about. The black bear is also fantastic as is the amur tiger, the tiger overlooking the local town, the cougar and the tasmanian devil. Some really good stuff.
Thailand also has a commended image, which is great because it continues Parinya Padungtin's legacy of Thailand getting a shot commended in last years contest also.
Great achievement! Hopefully you will beat the Dormouse next year ;)!
After a google search the dormouse species, which I expected to be one of the rarest rodents in the world, I found out IUCN lists it as vulnerable, hmmm not exactly very special. For sure the subject doesn't need to be special to make a fantastic picture, but..., what can I say... the composition is ok, but other than that, nothing special... and it's not just a category winner but an overall winner. What am I missing here?
I like the Animal portraits runner up Cougar. The intimate look of the cat, the colors, and in its habitat... Only the shadow of the young christmas tree on the right... but other than that a great colorful capture of a beautiful big cat.
Though agree with Bagheera that the snow leopard looking back at the camera is quite a cool shot as well.
The chimps are funny.
The Tiger chasing the Sambar, how incredibly lucky is that.
It's hard to choose a winner, but for sure for me it wouldn't be the dormouse.
BTW, I now see the same website is showing the winners of the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013.
And after a short google search I found the official page:
That's an absolutely amazing collection of pictures!
Maybe it's just me, but for me it beats the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013.
Many thanks everyone, although I have to admit they got the credit wrong as it should have been Thompson/Edwardes as Ian Edwardes is as much, if not more, responsible for the shot than I and we share credit on this, as with all the camera trap pictures we do.
Now to concentrate on my luck chants, because the great thing about camera trapping is that it is 90% luck.
I've seen very few tigers in my life, so far no wild ones, but even very few captive animals.
This might be a stupid question, I've just never paid attention to it, but in this detailed photograph it raised a question.
Is it normal that the nipples are visible in female tigers, or would it be a sign that she actually might have had cubs?