The contest is designed not only to applaud those who have taken spectacular photos but the title is also awarded to those who capture photos that inspire viewers to think more about their planet and the world around them.
There are numerous other categories people can submit their pictures to, which includes animal portraits, animals in their environments, and animal behaviour.
This year’s winner of animals in their surroundings is Marcio Cabral for his portrait of the glowing termite mounds. He has been visiting the same park for years trying to capture the right moment.
The National History Museum also offers awards to youth, which includes a category for 10 and under.