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Award winning wildlife photographer captures the world's fiercest animals in breath-taking portraits

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

Hailing from Russia, Andrey Gudkov has travelled to every corner of the globe as he searched to catch sight of exotic creatures on camera. 

In 2015, his photograph of Komodo dragons wrestling in Indonesia’s Komodo national park won him the Wildlife Photographer of the The Year award and his extraordinary work also been honoured for by the National Geographic. 

Speaking to Bored Panda, Andrey said his love for wildlife and animals was born from watching the Sir David Attenborough and BBC nature programmes which aired on Soviet television during his childhood. 

He revealed the secret to photographing animals is they are not 'beautiful or ugly', saying: 'The most important thing, in my opinion, is to find something human in the animal and to attempt to convey this through your photograph. 

The eyes of an animal are a very important detail; they speak to its character and help us to understand it. Amazement and fear, tenderness and care, wrath, indifference, perplexity… all these qualities are intrinsic in the inhabitants of the natural world.'

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

An award winning wildlife photographer has revealed how his passion for capturing the world's fiercest animals was inspired by Sir David Attenborough's documentaries (Pictured: A lemur posing in Madagascar)

Hailing from Russia, Andrey Gudkov has travelled to every corner of the globe as he searched to catch sight of exotic creatures on camera (pictured: a mother bear and her adorable cub look at their reflection in a lake, photographed in a Finland forest)

Andrey's extraordinary work also been honoured for by the National Geographic (In Uganda, he photographed this touching snap of a baby gorilla giving their parent a kiss)

Andrey said his love for wildlife and animals was born from watching the odd Sir David Attenborough and BBC nature programmes that aired on Soviet television during his childhood (Andrey took this breath-taking picture of a humpback whale taking a deep in Ile Ste Marie Madagascar)

The photographer has travelled across the world to capture images of the exotic animals in their natural habitat (pictured: In Tanzania, a mother cheetah quietly posing with her five cubs looked straight into Andrey's camera)

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

And it's not just Africa! In coastal France, Andrey took this impressive snap of four white horses galloping to the water at full speed

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

Audrey often manages to capture interactions between animals in his eyecatching images (pictured, in Harbin, China, Andrey took captured 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 chin 

It's a hard life! In another shot from the same trip, Andrey spotted this lioness enjoying some down time on a tree and captured her picture 

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

Bear necessities! In Finland, the wildlife photographer and animal fanatic came across a family of bears and captured the cubs climbing a tree 

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

Hailing from Russia, Andrey has travelled to every corner of the globe as he searched to catch sight of exotic creatures on camera (pictured, in coastal France, four muddied white horses galloping in the water)

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