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Photo courtesy of the Natural History Wild Museum and Free Siberian Tiger! Presented by Sergei Gorshkov, which won this year’s Wildlife Photographer Competition. (Credit: BA)

It has been announced that the ‘unique view’ of a Siberian tiger embracing a fir tree has won this year’s Wildlife Photographer Competition.

Russian photographer Sergei Gorshkov won 49,000 entries from around the world and won the first prize in the prestigious competition, which took more than 11 months to capture with cameras hidden with the image.

The judges said the photo showed a ‘scene like no other’ and gave hope that the Siberian or Amur tigers would return.

Liana Heikinen won this year’s Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year award with a picture taken during the holidays in Helsinki, Finland.

The Duchess of Cambridge announced the winners at an online awards ceremony broadcast from the Museum of Natural History in London on Tuesday night, where an exhibition of the paintings will be on display.

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The best title winners were selected from the top 100 films submitted to the competition in categories highlighting the world’s richest habitats, animal behaviors and species.

Pictures that won in different categories included a profile shot of a young male proboscis monkey, a rare picture of Ballas cats taken on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, and a polar bear in a circus.

Photographs of a biologist looking at a Cordilleran fly catcher won prizes in the category of a nest outside his window, a small diamondback squid in the dark, and two wasps of different species entering neighboring nests.

Rosamond Kidman Cox, chairman of the judging panel, said of the overall winning film, The Warmth: ‘This is no other scene. Unique view of an intimate moment deep in a magical forest.

‘The stems of the low winter sun illuminate the ancient fir tree and the fort of the great tiger, because he snatches the trunk in apparent ecstasy and inhales the scent of the tiger in the resin, leaving her identity as her message.

‘This is the story told in the glorious color and texture of the return of the Amur tiger, the symbol of the Russian jungle.’

The film is one of hundreds submitted for the competition (BA)

Dr. Tim Littlewood, director of science at the Museum of Natural History and a member of the judging panel, said: ‘The Amur people who were hunted on the brink of extinction in the last century are still threatened by poaching and looting.

‘The remarkable view of the tiger’s immersion in its natural environment gives us confidence, as recent reports suggest that numbers are rising from dedicated conservation efforts.

‘Through the unique emotional power of photography, we are reminded of the beauty of the natural world and our shared responsibility to preserve it.’

Created and produced by this year’s wildlife photographer at the Museum of Natural History in London, an exhibition opens on Friday, October 16, before touring the UK and internationally, including Australia, Canada, Denmark and Germany.

The museum said limited visitor numbers and security measures in the light of Covit-19 would ensure that visitors have a ‘safe and welcoming experience’ and can view images in a crowded gallery.

Tickets for the exhibition can be booked here.

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Brother of Marine killed in Kabul airport bombing commits suicide year after attack

The brother of one of the 13 U.S. service members killed in the Kabul airport bombing committed suicide at his memorial, nearly one year after the attack.

Police reported that Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui's older brother, Dakota Halverson, 28, died on Aug. 9. Their mother, Shana Chappell announced the heartbreaking news the same day.

"The month of August has been very hard so far with the one year coming up. I look at my kids as strong and like they can handle anything. That was my mistake. My son Dakota has been talking a lot lately about how he just wants to be with Kareem, how much he misses him, etc.... We all feel that way so I didn't see the signs. This morning my son Dakota went to be with his brother Kareem," she wrote in a Facebook post.

Town Hall senior writer Julio Rosas (previously of the Washington Examiner) shared a link to a GoFundMe page set up by the mother. More than $24,000 was raised as of press time.

Heartbreaking: Shana Chappell, who lost her son LCpl. Kareem Nikoui in the attack during the Afghanistan evacuation last year, announced her son Dakota died this morning. Link to the GoFundMe she set up: #SuicideAwareness

— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) August 10, 2022


Police offered few details aside from confirming Dakota's death. The body was found in Peak Pikes Park at 7:09 in the morning and the time of death was sometime overnight, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department in California. Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) revealed on Saturday that the 28-year-old's death had taken place at a memorial for his deceased brother.

"The older brother of one of the 13 KIA in Kabul recently killed himself at his little brother’s memorial. Please pray for his family. There MUST be accountability for this continued carnage," he tweeted.

The older brother of one of the 13 KIA in Kabul recently killed himself at his little brother’s memorial. Please pray for his family. There MUST be accountability for this continued carnage.

— Rep. Mike Waltz (@michaelgwaltz) August 13, 2022

On Aug. 26, 2021, Nikoui was standing atop a concrete traffic barrier on the outskirts of Hamid Karzai International Airport, providing security for other U.S. service members and Afghan civilians fleeing imminent Taliban rule, when an suicide bomber 30 feet away detonated a vest filled with explosives and ball bearings, killing Nikoui along with 12 other servicemen and women and around 170 Afghans, according to the Washington Post. It's estimated that 45 other U.S. servicemen and women were wounded.

This image from a video released by the Department of Defense shows U.S. Marines around the scene at Abbey Gate outside Hamid Karzai International Airport on Aug. 26, 2021, in Kabul Afghanistan, after a suicide bomber detonated an explosion. (Department of Defense via AP)


Nikoui's mother has been a vocal critic of President Joe Biden and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley's handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of war, saying they unnecessarily put her son in a dangerous situation that got him killed. She also has expressed the belief that the Pentagon covered up their mishandling of the evacuation of Afghanistan and airport bombing, with an investigative report contradicting numerous eyewitness testimonies of the servicemen on the ground who survived the bombing.

Well-wishers line the main thoroughfare during the funeral procession for United States Marine, Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Norco, California. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Anyone who is having thoughts of suicide or knows someone who is having them is advised to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.

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