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In pictures: winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition 2016

The winners of this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition have been announced, with a range of stunning pictures depicting the beauty of nature making the final cut.

Entwined Lives, Winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition.
“Entwined Lives”, Winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. Image by Tim Laman/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Star Player, winner of the Impressions category.
“Star Player”, winner of the Impressions category. Image by Luis Javier Sandoval/Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition.

The overall winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year title was American Tim Laman for his image titled, “Entwined Lives”, featuring an endangered Bornean orangutan scaling a gigantic tree high above the Indonesian rainforest. The shot was chosen by an international panel of judges at the event’s 52nd anniversary this week. The photographer spent three days rope-climbing a 30-metre-tall tree to set several GoPro cameras that he could trigger remotely. This captured the animal’s face from above, with a wide angle perspective of the forest below.

"Eviction Attempt", winner of the Birds category.
“Eviction Attempt”, winner of the Birds category. Image by Ganesh H Shankar/Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition
"The Sand Canvas", winner of the Details category.
“The Sand Canvas”, winner of the Details category. Image by Rudi Sebastian/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

“Protecting their remaining habitat is critical for orangutans to survive. If we want to preserve a great ape that retains its vast culturally-transmitted knowledge of how to survive in the rainforest, and the full richness of wild orangutan behaviour, then we need to protect orangutans in the wild, now,” said Tim.

"The Alley Cat", winner of the Urban category.
“The Alley Cat”, winner of the Urban category. Image by Nayan Khanolkar/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
"The Moon and the Crow", winner of the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.
“The Moon and the Crow”, winner of the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year award. Image by Gideon Knight/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The winner of the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year title was 16-year old Gideon Knight from the UK, for his shot titled, “The Moon and the Crow”. Taken near his London home, it shows a bird stooped amongst the ghostly branches of a sycamore tree, silhouetted against a blue dusk sky and a full moon. The competition featured 16 category winners, with a range of photographs depicting nature at its finest, from displays of rarely-seen animal behaviour to exotic landscapes.

"Wind Composition", winner of the Plants and Fungi category.
“Wind Composition”, winner of the Plants and Fungi category. Image by Valter Binotto /Wildlife Photographer of the Year
"Requiem For an Owl", winner of the Black and White category.
“Requiem For an Owl”, winner of the Black and White category. Image by Mats Andersson/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, this year’s competition saw almost 50,000 entries from 95 countries. An exhibition featuring 99 of the best photographs will tour the UK before being displayed in Spain, Canada, USA, Germany and Macau. A portfolio featuring the winning selection is also available for purchase.

"Snapper Party", winner of the Underwater category.
“Snapper Party”, winner of the Underwater category. Image by Tony Wu/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The next Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is due to open for entries from 24 October, and will run until 15 December. More details are available on the official website.