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This is the wildlife photo of the year, as chosen by the public

(CNN) — “An image of a frozen lake and the reflection of willow branches above the water’s icy surface has claimed the top prize in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award 2021. The shot by Italian photographer Cristiano Vendramin, originally among a shortlist of 25 images, was voted for by more than 31,800 wildlife and nature enthusiasts, according to a press release Tuesday from organizers at London’s Natural History Museum. His image and that of the top four “highly commended” finalists will be displayed in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition currently running in London at the Natural History Museum. The images that made it to the final stages were varied in topic. There was a photo of two lions taking shelter from the rain and another of an unusual encounter between an eagle and bear. A picture of a kangaroo and her joey that managed to survive the devastating bushfires in Australia was highly commended, as was an image of a dance between two male golden pheasants…”

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