Overall winner: A Monkey’s Mask
The photo originates from a traditional Japanese sake house north of Tokyo. After dinner, the tavern’s guests can watch Japanese macaques performing tricks with various props on a makeshift stage. In the old days, the Japanese macaque, or snow monkey, was a sacred religious symbol, known to mediate between gods and humans. Today, the animal has been reduced to a secular scapegoat, a defaced outcast and target of mockery.
Photograph: Jasper Doest/2020 GDT European wildlife photographer of the year