The overall winner: Ghostly Cheetah, Britta Jaschinski, Ndutu, Ngorogoro Conservation Area, Tanzania, October 2007. 'I arrived in Ndutu only days after a huge bushfire had ripped through the area, burning down a huge number of majestic acacia trees.
The overall winner: Ghostly Cheetah, Britta Jaschinski, Ndutu, Ngorogoro Conservation Area, Tanzania, October 2007. 'I arrived in Ndutu only days after a huge bushfire had ripped through the area, burning down a huge number of majestic acacia trees. I could smell ash and cinders in the air. The destructive power of these fires is immense. I found many empty, whitened tortoise shells and saw disorientated impala and dikdik wandering around with nowhere to hide. And then, a cheetah appeared on the blackened soil. This fire must have been a windfall for large cats – their prey was confused and out in the open. But the cheetah looked unsettled, alienated and lost – almost ghostly. I took the photo and then watched as he melted into the background'
Birds runner-up: 'Rette sich wer kann!', Michel Roggo, Switzerland. Chub (Squalius cephalus) and Mute swan (Cygnus color). In winter, Rhine river, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Birds, highly commended: 'Clowns im Schnee', Werner Bollmann, GDT – Germany
The prize of the audience went to David Allemand and Christophe Sidamon-Pesson (France) for their image 'Snowy Owl – Harfang de neiges', which was highly commended in the bird category
Mammals, runner-up: 'Hyäne bei Sonnenaufgang', Grégoire Bouguereau, France, the spotted hyena, The Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. 'In the south of the Serengeti national park, from having watched them for 10 days or so, I knew that a horde of hyena came regularly to the watering place every sunrise. The temporary pool seemed to be both the gathering place and the occasion for quenching their thirst after the night hunt. On this particular morning, I had arrived after the horde had come and gone, all except for one hyena, lingering for just a short moment, as the sun appeared on the horizon'
Other Animals, winner: 'Phototaxis im Frühjahr', Csaba Gönye – Hungary
Other Animals, runner-up: 'Der Komet', Asier Castro de la Fuente – Spain
Other Animals, highly commended: "Auge in Auge", Bence Máté – Hungary
Landscapes, highly commended: 'Das Ende', Olivier Seydoux – Switzerland
Man and Nature, winner: Mistle thrush on nest in traffic light, Paul Hobson – Leeds City Centre
Winner of the Fritz Pölking Award 2010: The great comeback – breeding turtles in Costa Rica by Solvin Zankl, Germany. Many female olive ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) are swimming from the Pacific Ocean towards the beach of Ostional, Costa Rica, to gather for an arribada (mass nesting event)
Winner of the Fritz Pölking Junior Award 2010: 'The Art of Light' by Michal Budzynski – Poland
Plants and Fungi, winner: 'Tang in Licht und Zeit', Gabi Reichert – Germany
Underwater World, highly commended: 'Eisvogel bei der Unterwasserjagd', Manfred Delpho – Germany