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World nature photography awards – in pictures | Art and design

From a glacial river to a lion fight, 2020’s winning shots in 13 categories reflect the natural world’s splendour.

Thomas Vijayan was named world nature photographer of the year for his Borneo orangutan photo (above) titled ‘The world is going upside down’ .

The Canadian photographer says: ‘I had this frame in my mind, so to get this shot I firstly selected a tree that was in the water so that I could get a good reflection of the sky, which makes the image look upside down. Then I climbed up the tree and waited for hours.

‘This is a regular path for the orangutans to cross to another small island … It was a tough task but the end result paid off. Borneo is a photographer’s paradise’

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