The Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, which is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum in London, is in its 52nd year, and has just released the first images from the competition’s finalists.
The photographs will be displayed in an exhibition at the museum, which opens on 21 October.
It will feature a collection of 100 images, “revealing the astonishing diversity of life on our planet and highlighting our crucial role in protecting it”, according to organisers.
The competition showcases the best wildlife photography from around the world. This year’s competition attracted nearly 50,000 entries, from both professional and amateur photographers, from around 95 countries.
The winning images are chosen based on their creativity, originality, and technical excellence by a panel of international experts.
After their debut in London, the images will then head on an international tour across six continents to show the pictures of the natural world to the people who live around it.