This powerful image of a pair of golden snub-nosed monkeys seated in contemplation amid iridescent foliage has been awarded one of the most prestigious prizes in photography, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018. The image, called “The Golden Couple,” was captured by Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten in the Qinling Mountains of southwestern China – the endangered monkeys’ only habitat.
Van Oosten said he was “both extremely proud and totally shocked” to have won the grand title in the contest, which is run by the Natural History Museum in London and in its 54th year. “It is a symbolic reminder of the beauty of nature and how impoverished we are becoming as nature is diminished. It is an artwork worthy of hanging in any gallery in the world,” said Roz Kidman Cox, the chair of the judging panel, of the winning image.
The winning photo was chosen from more than 45,000 entries from 95 countries. An exhibition showcasing the contest’s top 100 entries will open at the Natural History Museum in London.