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Friday, 18 October 2013

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 competition were announced this week, and as always there are some absolutely jaw-dropping animal photos for you to feast your eyes on.

The competition is run each year by the Natural History Museum and attracts entrants from all over the world. It's well worth a visit to see these beauties, and loads of others, in the flesh. Here are some of our favourites...

This amazing action shot of elephants at a water hole was the outright winner of the competition: Essence of Elephants by Greg du Toit

This incredible submerged polar bear photo was winner of the category ‘Animals in their Environment: The Water Bear by Paul Souders

This hilarious photo was winner of the Young Wildlife Photographer category: Mother's Little Headful by Udayan Rao Pawar. Who'd be an alligator mum eh?

This photo, featuring a Japanese macaque monkey enjoying the the hot springs of Jigokudani took the prize in the Creative Visions category: Snow Moment by Jasper Doest

This owl-in-flight action shot is truly stunning: The Flight Path by Connor Stefanison

This adorable close-up of the endangered green turtle won the award in the cold-blooded animals category: Dive buddy by Luis Javier Sandoval

These fighting jaguars took the prize in the Mammals Behaviour category: The Spat by Joe McDonald