Exploring Photography: Wildlife Photographer of the Year Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols

For our Exploring Photography series we’ve looked at exciting techniques, experimental photography and awe-inspiring exhibitions, this week we focus on the award-winning photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols.

The winners of the 2014 Wildlife Photography Of The Year Competition were announced at a gala event this week at the Natural History Museum, attended by Kate Middleton. Michael Nichols was the overall winner for his photo, The Last Great Picture, depicting the five females of the Vumbi pride lying at rest with their cubs on a kopje (a rocky outcrop), in Tanzania’s Serengeti. The photograph beat more than 42,000 entries from 96 countries to the grand title award in the competition’s 50th year.

The winning photo was taken in infrared, Nichols says, “cuts through the dust and haze, transforms the light and turns the moment into something primal, biblical almost”.

Wildlife Photography of the Year - Michael Nichols

Nine-year-old Carlos Perez Naval took the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year prize for his shot of a scorpion soaking up the Sun’s rays.

Wildlife Photographer of the year - Carlos Perez Naval

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Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols Bio

Born in 1952 in Alabama, Michael Nichols photography has taken him to the most remote corners of the world, he became a staff photographer for National Geographic magazine in 1996 and was named Editor at large for photography in 2008. From 1982 to 1995 he was a member of Magnum Photos, the prestigious cooperative founded by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa. You can read more about him on the National Geographic Photographer profile page.