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Wildlife Photographer of the Year: 'Explosive sex' wins top prize
It's like an explosion underwater. Several camouflage groupers rush to release their sperm as a female fish drops a burst of eggs.
This image taken at Fakarava Atoll in the Pacific has earned Laurent Ballesta the prestigious title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY).
劳伦特·巴勒斯塔（Laurent Ballesta）在南太平洋法卡拉瓦环礁（Fakarava Atoll）海底拍摄的照片，赢得世界著名的野生动物摄影奖（Wildlife Photographer of the Year）桂冠。
Jury chair Roz Kidman Cox said it was a technical tour de force.
该奖评委会主席罗兹·基德曼·考克斯（Roz Kidman Cox）说，这张照片从技术层面来说也是一幅杰作。
"It's partly the setting, taken during a full Moon, but also the timing of it, knowing when to take the picture."
The annual spawning of camouflage groupers occurs in July. It's been known to draw up to 20,000 fish, along with many reef sharks looking for a meal. Overfishing threatens the groupers, but this picture was captured in a reserve that gives them some protection.
"We spent five years in this place, 3,000 hours of diving, to get this particular moment," Laurent said.
"I'm attached to this picture because of the shape of the cloud of eggs: it looks like an upside-down question mark. It's a question of the future of these eggs because only one in one million will (survive to) become an adult, but it's maybe more symbolic of the future of nature. It's a very important question about the future of nature."
As well as celebrating WPY's Grand Prize, the French photographer also wins the competition's Underwater category.
Dome Home Vidyun R Hebbar，India
“穹顶之家”（Dome Home），摄影者：维端·R·赫巴尔（Vidyun R Hebbar）
Ten-year old Vidyun R Hebbar from India is the Junior Wildlife Photographer of the Year for this picture of a tent spider in its web. The image is called Dome Home.
来自印度的10岁少年维端·R·赫巴尔（Vidyun R Hebbar）凭借这张桔云斑蛛照片成为年度青少年野生动物摄影师。这张照片被称为 “穹顶之家”（Dome Home）。
The blurred green and yellow colours in the background belong to one of those three-wheeled tuk-tuk taxis.
"Its focusing is pin sharp," Roz Kidman Cox told BBC News. "You can actually see the little fangs if you blow up the picture. I love the way it's been framed and the way you can see all the texture of the web, its lattice structure."
Vidyun recalled: "It was challenging to focus the tent spider because the web shook every time a vehicle passed by."
Started in 1964, WPY is organised by London's Natural History Museum.
The competition attracts tens of thousands of entries each year. Scroll down to see some of the individual category winners.
Elephant in the room by Adam Oswell, Australia
“房间里的大象”（Elephant in the room），摄影者：澳大利亚的亚当·奥斯维尔（Adam Oswell）
Adam Oswell wins the Photojournalism award for this picture which shows zoo visitors in Thailand watching a young elephant perform underwater. Elephant tourism has increased across Asia. In Thailand, there are now more elephants in captivity than in the wild.
The healing touch, from Community care by Brent Stirton, South Africa
“治愈触摸”（The healing touch），摄影者：南非的布伦特·斯德顿（ Brent Stirton）
Brent Stirton was awarded the Photojournalist Story Award. His sequence of images profiles a rehabilitation centre caring for chimpanzees orphaned by the bushmeat trade in Africa. The director of the centre is seen introducing a newly rescued chimp to others in her care.
Head to head by Stefano Unterthiner, Italy
“针锋相对”（Head to Head），摄影者：意大利的斯蒂芬诺·安特辛内尔（Stefano Unterthiner）
WPY always has some great snow pictures and this one wins the Behaviour: Mammals category. Stefano Unterthiner watches two Svalbard reindeer battle for control of a harem. Watching the fight, Stefano said he felt immersed in "the smell, the noise, the fatigue and the pain".
Reflection by Majed Ali, Kuwait
Majed Ali trekked for four hours to meet Kibande, an almost-40-year-old mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda. "The more we climbed, the hotter and more humid it got," Majed recalls. This picture, which shows Kibande as cooling rains begin to fall, wins the Animal Portraits category.
Road to ruin by Javier Lafuente, Spain
Javier Lafuente's picture shows the stark, straight line of a road slicing through the curves of a wetland landscape that hosts more than a hundred species of birds, with ospreys and bee-eaters among many migratory visitors. The road, constructed in the 1980s to provide access to a beach, divides the wetland in two. The picture wins the Wetlands: The Bigger Picture category.
Spinning the cradle by Gil Wizen, Israel/Canada
“编织摇篮”（Spinning the cradle），摄影者：吉尔·维曾（Gil Wizen）
Gil Wizen is an entomologist and an expert photographer. This fishing spider is stretching out silk from its spinnerets to weave into its egg sac. Such spiders are common in wetlands and temperate forests of eastern North America. The image wins the Behaviour: Invertebrates category.
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year annual exhibition at the NHM opens on Friday, 15 October, before touring across the UK and internationally to venues in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, the US and more.
Game over: Russia now the pariah of global sports******
Russia's attack on Ukraine has sparked anger in the sports world, with the country booted out of this year's World Cup and the IOC calling for a global ban.
Russia has been expelled from the 2022 World Cup after being suspended from all international competitions, FIFA and UEFA announced in a joint statement. The decision also affects Russian clubs in European tournaments.
Saint Petersburg was stripped as host of UEFA's Champions League final set for May 28. The game has been switched to France.
The International Olympic Committee has urged sports federations and organizers to exclude Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials. A ban would see Russia join the Yugoslavia of Slobodan Milosevic and South Africa under apartheid as a sporting pariah.
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina has, the world's No. 3, become the first player to refuse to play a Russian. She was due to face Russian Anastasia Potapova in Monterrey on Tuesday. Svitolina, born in the Ukrainian Black Sea resort town of Odessa, has pledged to donate her prize money from forthcoming tournaments to her country's military and aid groups.
The Russian Grand Prix, scheduled for September 25, was canceled, a day after defending world champion Max Verstappen and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel publicly declared their refusal to compete.
The International Ice Hockey Federation has suspended all Russian and Belarusian national teams and clubs. It has also stripped Russia of the hosting rights for the 2023 junior world championships.
Boxing's four major bodies – the International Boxing federation, World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organization – said in a joint statement they will not sanction bouts in Russia. "Just as the world claims for ceasefire, our organizations have decided to not sanction any boxing championships in Russia," they said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was suspended as honorary president of the International Judo Federation. Putin, an accomplished judoka who was awarded an eighth dan in 2014, one of the highest levels in the sport, had been honorary president since 2008.
Rugby's world governing body banned Russia and Belarus from all international rugby. Russia's membership of World Rugby was also suspended indefinitely, meaning the country's slim hopes of qualifying for next year's World Cup in France are over.
The Badminton World Federation strengthened within a matter of hours its measures against Russia and Belarus having originally canceled all tournaments in Russia and Belarus. It announced a ban on athletes and officials representing the two countries.
World Taekwondo on Tuesday stripped Putin of an honorary black belt, as Russia's attack on Ukraine goes against the sport's motto: "Peace is more precious than triumph." The body also said no Russian or Belarusian national flags or anthems will be allowed at events, nor will any future events be organized in the two countries.
Russian and Belarus ice skaters have been barred from all competitions by the International Skating Union. Russia is a powerhouse in ice skating, most recently winning six medals – two of them gold at the Beijing Winter Olympics. The blanket ban on athletes competing also includes short track and speed skating.
Russia has been stripped by the International Volleyball Federation of hosting the men's Volleyball World Championships in August and September.