RUN by the Natural History Museum in London, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards select the best animal kingdom moments caught on camera each year.

And of this year’s winners, three of the acclaimed artists have come from Spain.

Winner of the Behaviour: Birds category, Jose Luis Ruiz Jimenez spent hours in chest-high water in Brozas, Extremadura, waiting to get a shot of this great crested grebe family.

Jaime Culebras, winner of the Behaviour: Amphibians and Reptiles category, was similarly determined and walked for hours in Ecuador’s Andes to capture the first ever image of a Manduriacu glass frog feeding.

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(ESPAN?OL EN COMENTARIOS) Thank you all so much for the congratulations, I really feel overwhelmed! It's a little bit difficult to explain all I'm thinking after being winner and highly commended in the Category "Behaviour: #Amphibians and Reptiles" of the @nhm_wpy. I have spent the last 8 years, looking for, researching and photographing amphibians and reptiles in the jungle, and an enormous part of that time has been dedicated to the "#Glassfrogs". This picture represents many years trying to catch a good moment of feeding behaviour, so this is a happiness point with this photo. On the other hand, I have a mixture of feelings, where sadness is important, because this is a species described in 2019, but it's already Critically #Endangered. Why? Because the situation in #Ecuador, one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, is really critical due to the extreme obsession with mining along ALL the Ecuadorian Tropical #Andes, where constitutional and #nature rights are being violated, continually. If we don't change now, if we don't understand that this way of economic development while our planet is destroyed is a big mistake, we'll be condemning ourselves and the next generation to a future full of misery. After this #pandemic, we really need to reconsider, it's the time to strengthen a green mind, the greatest responsibility of each one of us. This picture was taken in @riomanduriacureserve. Finally, this photo or any other would be possible without a 4-legged tripod, who are always in the near and far present. @photowildlifetours #photowildlifetours #photowildlife #bbcearth #earthcapture @bbcearth #ourplanet #amphibian @amphibiansurvivalalliance #amphibiansofinstagram #frog #wildlifephotography #amphibianphotography #instaphoto #photooftheday #naturephotography #naturelovers #nature #earthlovers #earth #amazinganimals #herpetology #herping #macrophotography #macro @natural_history_museum @amphibiansurvivalalliance @racingextinction #wpy #wpy57

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And the future looks bright for the next generation of Spanish photographers as Andres Luis Dominguez Blanco won the 10 years and under category with his shot of this European stonechat bird in Andalucia.

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Kate Middleton, patron of the National History Museum, presented the highest accolade, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, at the virtual online awards ceremony last week.

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