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Nine year-old nature lover scoops Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year top prize

05 November 2014 | Natalie White Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest

Carlos Perez Naval

2014 saw the highly coveted Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition celebrate it’s 50th year. Showcasing the very best in nature and wildlife photography, the competition is jointly owned by the Natural History Museum in London and BBC Worldwide, who pride themselves on championing our world’s biodiversity.

This year WPY crowned their youngest winner ever. Nine year-old Carlos Perez Naval from Spain has actually been snapping away since he was just four years old! Carlos’ parents are avid travellers and took their young son with them on their global-trotting adventures. It was this exposure that sparked his love of taking pictures of anything nature related, from animals to plants – even the insects in his back garden!

Stinger in the Sun

His winning photograph entitled ‘Stinger in the Sun’ is of a common yellow scorpion that Carlos found basking on a flat stone in a rocky area near his home in Torralba de los Sisones, northeast Spain. His talent is undeniable and just proves that you are never too young to get behind the lens.

Grass Snake

Grass Snake wins second prize in the 2013 Oasis Photo Contest


"Thirsty" finalist in the 2013 Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year


White-throated kingfisher taken on one of Carlos' adventures in Sri Lanka 


"Living among reeds"  First Prize Festival de l'Oiseau et de la Nature 2013

Sultan Tiger

"Sultan young tiger playing with a camera trap" magazine published in BBC Wildlife Magazine

American photographer Michael 'Nick' Nichols won the adult category with his tranquil black-and-white image of lions resting with their cubs in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park. It took six months of following the pride for him to capture this amazing shot.

 Michael Nick Nichols