Creepy crocodile and glacier ‘guts’ among stunning winners from nature photography competition

‘Danger in the mud’, by Jens Cullmann (Germany), is the grand prize winner of the World Nature Photography Awards 2022. (Image: Jens Cullmann)

A chilling portrait of a crocodile holding a watchful yellow eye from a pool of mud is the big winner of the World Nature Photography Awards 2022 (WNPA), which honored the most evocative shots from thousands of entries in various categories. The photo was taken in Zimbabwe by Germany’s Jens Cullmann, who won the World Nature Photographer of the Year award and won the top prize for animal portraits.

“This photo is the result of the casting of the largest pool in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe, at a time when a prolonged drought had reduced the pool to fast-drying mud,” Cullmann told the WNPA (opens in new tab). “I had to be very careful not to disturb the crocodile, even though it was buried in dry mud. They will launch themselves with tremendous speed and force at any animal foolish enough to get too close.”

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