The US photographer captured a moment of raw beauty with her close-up of a ball of cactus bees in a spinning fury over the sands of Texas.
This image is not only interesting to look at, but it tells a mighty story about the group of male bees as they compete with all they have for the chance to mate with a single female bee.
Of course, only one male could be successful and after a few minutes of buzzing madness, the two bees at the centre of the ball flew off together into the sunset. Such a scene is a Netflix romance special just begging to be binged!
But the art of wildlife photography in 2022 doesn’t stop there. Karine was presented her title by the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022, Katanyou Wuttichaitanakorn from Thailand, who is just 16 years old.
His shot perfectly captured another beautiful moment in time as a Bryde’s whale surfaced near the photographer's boat. The textures caught the young photographer's eye as he snapped the image that so closely displays the unique features of this sea giant.
While both of these images are breathtaking, the true impact of the photographs lies in the reminder they hold. While capturing beautiful moments in time, these images remind us all of the urgent need to take action and protect nature before the amazing moments become just a memory.
Here are a few of our other favourites captured from all over the world that truly touched our hearts...
Together, we have the power to ensure wildlife just like the nature captured in these shots continues to dazzle us with its beauty and storytelling for generations to come!