Today’s release of the first picture from the 48th annual Veolia Environnment Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition offers a sneak peak into what can be expected from the associated exhibition in October. And if Steven Kovacs’ image is anything to go by, it’s worth getting excited about.
His entry provides a rare glimpse of the curious jawfish species, capturing the male as he takes on the usually maternal role and protects the young in his mouth until they hatch.
Kovacs discovered the fish at a burrow on the coast of Florida and managed to photograph the creature as he emerged to aerate his eggs.
"He couldn’t have been more co-operative," says Kovacs.
"He barely moved, and was more interested in making sure the eggs were rotated and in a good flow of water.
"To create something different and beautiful is why I photograph and it has always been my dream to get a place in this competition."
Kovacs' photograph will be joined by 99 others for the upcoming display, which will make its debut in London and then embark on a UK and international tour.
- Tickets go on sale today. Visit the show online for more details.