Top 20 Wildlife Photos of 2015

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As 2015 draws to a close, I find myself joining many others this week in reflecting on the ‘year that was’. Yesterday I shared the destinations I enjoyed this year, from breath-taking Antarctica to spectacular Africa. And as the highlight of most of these locations was the wildlife living there in its natural environment, today I count down the favourite wildlife photographs I’ve taken this year.

Selecting a ‘favourite’ photograph is a very subjective exercise, especially when it comes to wildlife. It’s not always the visual effectiveness of the end product that makes an image a favourite. Sometimes a photo is memorable for the effort it takes to get to a location and the patience involved in taking the shot. It could be the uniqueness of the subject or the behaviour it displays that makes it a favourite. Or it could simply be influenced by the emotions I felt when taking the shot or even the mood I’m in when reviewing my images.

These are my top 20 favourite wildlife photos of 2015, with number 1 my ultimate favourite.

20. Cheetah & Vultures – Masai Mara, Kenya

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19. Elephant Family – Masai Mara, Kenya

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18. Adelie Penguin – Bransfield Strait, Antarctica

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17. Brown Bear – Finland

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16. Giraffes – Masai Mara, Kenya

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15. Gentoo Penguin – Antarctica

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14. Walking Lion – Masai Mara, Kenya

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13. Brown Bears – Finland

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12. Sleeping Leopard Seal – Antarctica

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11. Lions – Masai Mara, Kenya

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10. Cheetah and Cub – Masai Mara, Kenya

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9. Giraffe at Sunset – Masai Mara, Kenya

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8. Playful Cheetah Cubs – Masai Mara, Kenya

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7. Impala at Sunset – Masai Mara, Kenya

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6. Black Rhino – Masai Mara, Kenya

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5. Elephant at Sunset – Masai Mara, Kenya

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4. Leopard Seal – Antarctica

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3. Flipping Hippo – Masai Mara, Kenya

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2. Leopard with Kill – Masai Mara, Kenya

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1. Breaching Humpback Whale – Ile Sainte Marie, Madagascar

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Do you have a favourite?


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Kellie is a traveller and photographer who is most at home when exploring the world beyond it. Through the intersection of her travel, writing and photography passions, she shares her experiences to inspire others to create there own. The desire to live life instead of existing through it has introduced Kellie to inspirational locations throughout seven continents and from this a passion for landscape and wildlife photography has evolved. She feels a particular connection to the polar regions and Africa. You can see more of her photography at

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