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Award-winning wildlife photographer captures the world’s most ferocious animals in breathtaking portraits

An award-winning wildlife photographer has revealed how his passion for capturing the world’s most ferocious animals was inspired by Sir David Attenborough’s documentaries.

Andrey Gudkov, a native of Russia, has traveled to every corner of the world while looking for exotic creatures on camera.

In 2015, his photo of Komodo dragons struggling in Komodo National Park in Indonesia won him the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award and his outstanding work was also honored by National Geographic.

Speak against Bored PandaAndrey said his love for wildlife and animals came from watching Sir David Attenborough and the BBC’s wildlife programs broadcast on Soviet television during his childhood.

He revealed that the secret to photographing animals is that they are not ‘beautiful or ugly’ and said, ‘The most important thing, in my opinion, is to find something human in the animal and convey it through your photo.

The eyes of an animal are a very important detail; they speak of his character and help us understand it. Wonder and fear, tenderness and care, wrath, indifference, bewilderment… all these qualities are inherent in the inhabitants of the natural world. ‘

He has now photographed hundreds of wild animals in their natural habitats and explored every corner of the world, from Zambia to Borneo.

An award-winning wildlife photographer has revealed how his passion for capturing the world's most ferocious animals was inspired by Sir David Attenborough's documentaries (photo: a lemur posing in Madagascar)

An award-winning wildlife photographer has revealed how his passion for capturing the world’s most ferocious animals was inspired by Sir David Attenborough’s documentaries (photo: a lemur posing in Madagascar)

Andrey Gudkov, a native of Russia, has traveled to all corners of the world looking for exotic creatures for the camera (photo: a mother bear and her adorable cub looking at their reflection in a lake, photographed in a forest in Finland)

Andrey Gudkov, a native of Russia, has traveled to all corners of the world looking for exotic creatures for the camera (photo: a mother bear and her adorable cub looking at their reflection in a lake, photographed in a forest in Finland)

Andrey Gudkov, a native of Russia, has traveled to all corners of the world looking for exotic creatures for the camera (photo: a mother bear and her adorable cub looking at their reflection in a lake, photographed in a forest in Finland)

Andrey's extraordinary work has also been honored by National Geographic (in Uganda, he photographed this moving photo of a baby gorilla kissing their parents)

Andrey's extraordinary work has also been honored by National Geographic (in Uganda, he photographed this moving photo of a baby gorilla kissing their parents)

Andrey’s extraordinary work has also been honored by National Geographic (in Uganda, he photographed this moving photo of a baby gorilla kissing their parents)

Andrey said his love for wildlife and animals was born from watching Sir David Attenborough's and the BBC's strange wildlife programs broadcast on Soviet television during his childhood (Andrey took this breathtaking photo of a humpback whale which penetrates deep into Ile Ste Marie Madagascar)

Andrey said his love for wildlife and animals was born from watching Sir David Attenborough's and the BBC's strange wildlife programs broadcast on Soviet television during his childhood (Andrey took this breathtaking photo of a humpback whale which penetrates deep into Ile Ste Marie Madagascar)

Andrey said his love for wildlife and animals was born from watching Sir David Attenborough’s and the BBC’s strange wildlife programs broadcast on Soviet television during his childhood (Andrey took this breathtaking photo of a humpback whale who penetrated deep into Ile Ste Marie Madagascar)

The photographer has traveled the world to take pictures of the exotic animals in their natural habitat (photo: in Tanzania, a mother cheetah quietly watched posing with her five cubs straight into Andrey's camera)

The photographer has traveled the world to take pictures of the exotic animals in their natural habitat (photo: in Tanzania, a mother cheetah quietly watched posing with her five cubs straight into Andrey's camera)

The photographer has traveled all over the world to take pictures of the exotic animals in their natural environment (photo: in Tanzania, a mother cheetah quietly posed with her five cubs straight into Andrey’s camera)

In another incredible snapshot, Andrey managed to capture this adorable interaction between a giraffe making friends with a bird while visiting a reserve in Kenya.

In another incredible snapshot, Andrey managed to capture this adorable interaction between a giraffe making friends with a bird while visiting a reserve in Kenya.

In another incredible snapshot, Andrey managed to capture this adorable interaction between a giraffe making friends with a bird while visiting a reserve in Kenya.

And it's not just Africa! On the coast of France, Andrey took this impressive photo of four white horses galloping for the water at full speed

And it's not just Africa! On the coast of France, Andrey took this impressive photo of four white horses galloping for the water at full speed

And it’s not just Africa! On the coast of France, Andrey took this impressive photo of four white horses galloping for the water at full speed

Andrey has now photographed hundreds of wild animals in their natural habitat and has explored every corner of the world from Zambia to Borneo (photo, a mother cheetah roaring at two of her cubs in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania)

Andrey has now photographed hundreds of wild animals in their natural habitat and has explored every corner of the world from Zambia to Borneo (photo, a mother cheetah roaring at two of her cubs in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania)

Andrey has now photographed hundreds of wild animals in their natural habitat and has explored every corner of the world from Zambia to Borneo (photo, a mother cheetah roaring at two of her cubs in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania)

Audrey often manages to capture interactions between animals in his striking images (pictured, in Harbin, China, Andrey took the tension between these three tigers competing to chase a bird)

Audrey often manages to capture interactions between animals in his striking images (pictured, in Harbin, China, Andrey took the tension between these three tigers competing to chase a bird)

Audrey often manages to capture interactions between animals in his striking images (pictured, in Harbin, China, Andrey took the tension between these three tigers competing to chase a bird)

Can you feel the love tonight? In Uganda, the wildlife photographer captured this tender moment between two lionesses licking each other's chins

Can you feel the love tonight? In Uganda, the wildlife photographer captured this tender moment between two lionesses licking each other's chins

Can you feel the love tonight? In Uganda, the wildlife photographer captured this tender moment between two lionesses licking each other’s chins

It's a hard life! In another shot from the same trip, Andrey saw this lioness enjoying some free time in a tree and took a picture of her

It's a hard life! In another shot from the same trip, Andrey saw this lioness enjoying some free time in a tree and took a picture of her

It’s a hard life! In another shot from the same trip, Andrey saw this lioness enjoying some free time in a tree and took a picture of her

The wildlife photographer has won awards for his incredible photos and has also been honored by the National Geograph (photo, Demoiselle Cranes dancing on a snowy day in Japan)

The wildlife photographer has won awards for his incredible photos and has also been honored by the National Geograph (photo, Demoiselle Cranes dancing on a snowy day in Japan)

The wildlife photographer has won awards for his incredible photos and has also been honored by the National Geograph (photo, Demoiselle Cranes dancing on a snowy day in Japan)

Carry supplies! In Finland, the wildlife photographer and animal fanatic came across a bear family and caught the cubs climbing a tree

Carry supplies! In Finland, the wildlife photographer and animal fanatic came across a bear family and caught the cubs climbing a tree

Carry supplies! In Finland, the wildlife photographer and animal fanatic came across a bear family and caught the cubs climbing a tree

The Russian photographer's passion for animals grew after watching BBC documentaries as a child (photo, playful baby Bonobo resting on his parents' arms, as noted by Andrey in the Republic of Congo)

The Russian photographer's passion for animals grew after watching BBC documentaries as a child (photo, playful baby Bonobo resting on his parents' arms, as noted by Andrey in the Republic of Congo)

The Russian photographer’s passion for animals grew after watching BBC documentaries as a child (photo, playful baby Bonobo resting on his parents’ arms, as noted by Andrey in the Republic of Congo)

Hailing from Russia, Andrey has traveled to all corners of the world while looking for exotic creatures on camera (pictured, in the coast of France, four muddy white horses galloping in the water)

Hailing from Russia, Andrey has traveled to all corners of the world while looking for exotic creatures on camera (pictured, in the coast of France, four muddy white horses galloping in the water)

Hailing from Russia, Andrey has traveled all over the world looking for exotic creatures on camera (pictured, on the coast of France, four muddy white horses galloping in the water)

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