Wildlife photographers have an exciting job traveling the world in search of incredible subjects to photograph. But a lot of patience, long days, expensive equipment, subject knowledge and missed opportunities are also part of the process. Let’s celebrate the hard work of wildlife photographers and the amazing animals they’ve found with their lenses with this slideshow of 20 images that were submitted to our previous wildlife contests. Got your own amazing wildlife photography? Submit your best shots to our 2021 Wildlife photo contest for a chance to win great prizes!
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When it comes to selecting lenses for wildlife photography, the first thing most photographers look for is focal length—a long lens that can reach out and cover great distances, bringing animals in for close-ups—but other features are also incredibly useful.