Kate Middleton unveils tree-hugging tiger as the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award

A TREE-hugging tiger helps a snapper get his paws on a Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.

The image was taken by Sergey Gorshkov in eastern Russia after an 11-month stakeout.

Winners were announced last night by the Duchess of Cambridge at the National History Museum in London.

She said: "The skill and creativity of this year’s images provide a moving and fascinating insight into the beauty and vulnerability of life on our planet."

Other pictures picked from 49,000 entries include a clown fish in Indonesia, a proboscis monkey in Borneo and a family of great crested grebes in Spain.

Kate had earlier teased the announcement in a short clip posted online by Kensington Palace.

The Duchess, who is patron of the attraction, donned the all black outfit, pairing the smart blazer with a matching top and waist belt cinching in her waist.

In the clip, she said: "It is so wonderful to be back at the reopened Natural History Museum where we can all enjoy its treasures once again.

"I'm here because tomorrow night I'm announcing the fifty-sixth winner Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

"I've been lucky enough to have a quick preview and I can say it's truly spectacular – I can't wait for you all to see it."

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