Kate Middleton praised artists for 'showing us the magic of the natural wild' as she announced Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum during a virtual ceremony on 13th October 2020.

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The Duchess of Cambridge 38,  pictured above, visited the London attraction this week ahead of the event in order to film her segment announcing that Russian photographer Sergey Gorshkov had scooped the prestigious prize with his image The Embrace, showing a Siberian tigress hugging a fir tree. 

As part of the announcement, The Duchess thanked the 49,000 people who entered from across the globe and said: 'The skill and creativity of this year's images provide a moving and fascinating insight into the beauty and vulnerability of life on our planet'.

'Thank you to all those who entered for showing us the magic of the natural world, and for reminding us that caring for our environment and its precious biodiversity has never been more important.' 

Kate, a keen photographer herself, said during the online ceremony: 'It is so wonderful to be back at the re-opened Natural History Museum where we can all enjoy its treasures once again.'

'I'm delighted to be announcing the Grand Title winner of the 56th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. As we have seen this evening, the competition attracts the very best in wildlife photography.'

'The skill and creativity of this year's images provide a moving and fascinating insight into the beauty and vulnerability of life on our planet. So, it is with great pleasure that I can announce this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year is: Sergey Gorshkov, for his image 'The Embrace'.

See more on this wonderful image and the photographer himself, and the other winners in this prestigious competition by following the link HERE.