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Behaviour: Mammals, Winner 2021


Stefano followed these reindeer during the rutting season. Watching the fight, he felt immersed in ‘the smell, the noise, the fatigue and the pain’. The reindeer clashed antlers until the dominant male (left) chased its rival away, securing the opportunity to breed.


Reindeer are widespread around the Arctic, but this subspecies occurs only in Svalbard. Populations are affected by climate change, where increased rainfall can freeze on the ground, preventing access to plants that would otherwise sit under soft snow.

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HEAD TO HEAD © Stefano Unterthiner 2021. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum, London.

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