13 Best Wildlife Photos Of 2017 Have Been Announced, And They’re Truly RemarkableTranslate

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We've recently witnessed the harsh side of nature with Hurricane Irma reeking havoc in the Pacific, so the announcement of the finalists of the 53rd annual 'Wildlife Photographer of the Year' couldn't come at a better time to remind us of the beauty that nature has in store.


This year the Natural History Museum of London has selected 13 entries out of 50,000 submissions from 92 different countries. The judges picked a balanced variety of shots, from incredible close ups to the cover photos for the very real issues that need attention right now.


The winners will receive a ticket to London for the awards ceremony as well as cash prizes up to £10,000 (about $13,000). But before the winner is announced, let's do our own little competition by casting the votes below and picking our very own winner.


More info: nhm.ac.uk (h/t: mmm)


#1 Arctic Treasure By Sergey Gorshkov, Russia

#1 Arctic Treasure By Sergey Gorshkov, Russia
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Carrying its trophy from a raid on a snow goose nest, an Arctic fox heads for a suitable burial spot. This is June and bonanza time for the foxes of Wrangel Island in the Russian Far East. Lemmings are the basic diet for Arctic foxes, but Wrangel suffers long, harsh winters and is icebound for much of the year, making it a permanent source of stored food for these opportunist... 

#2 Bear Hug By Ashleigh Scully, US

#2 Bear Hug By Ashleigh Scully, US
nhm.ac.ukSource: 
After fishing for clams at low tide, this mother brown bear was leading her young spring cubs back across the beach to the nearby meadow. But one young cub just wanted to stay and play. It was the moment Ashleigh had been waiting for. She had come to Alaska’s Lake Clark National Park intent on photographing the family life of brown bears. This rich estuary environment provides a buffet for... 

#3 Winter Pause By Mats Andersson, Sweden

#3 Winter Pause By Mats Andersson, Sweden
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The red squirrel closed its eyes for just a moment, paws together, fur fluffed, then resumed its search for food. Winter is a tough time for northern animals. Some hibernate to escape its rigors, but not red squirrels. Mats walks every day in the forest near his home in southern Sweden, often stopping to watch the squirrels foraging in the spruce trees. Though their mainly vegetarian diet is varied, their... 

#4 Bold Eagle By Klaus Nigge, Germany

#4 Bold Eagle By Klaus Nigge, Germany
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After several days of constant rain, the bald eagle was soaked to the skin. Named after its conspicuous but fully-feathered white head (bald derives from an old word for white), it is an opportunist, eating various prey – captured, scavenged or stolen – with a preference for fish. At Dutch Harbor on Amaknak Island in Alaska, USA, bald eagles gather to take advantage of the fishing industry’s leftovers. Used to... 

#5 The Power Of The Matriarch By David Lloyd, New Zealand/UK

#5 The Power Of The Matriarch By David Lloyd, New Zealand/UK
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At dusk, in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve, David waited for the herd of elephants on their evening trek to a waterhole. As they got closer to his vehicle, he could see that the mellow light from the fast-setting sun was emphasizing every wrinkle and hair. For a photographer who enjoys working with texture, this was a gift. When they were just a few meters away, he could see the... 

#6 Sewage Surfer By Justin Hofman, US

#6 Sewage Surfer By Justin Hofman, US
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Seahorses hitch rides on the currents by grabbing floating objects such as seaweed with their delicate prehensile tails. Justin watched with delight as this tiny estuary seahorse ‘almost hopped’ from one bit of bouncing natural debris to the next, bobbing around near the surface on a reef near Sumbawa Island, Indonesia. But as the tide started to come in, the mood changed. The water contained more and more decidedly unnatural... 

#7 Resplendent Delivery By Tyohar Kastiel, Israel

#7 Resplendent Delivery By Tyohar Kastiel, Israel
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Tyohar watched the pair of resplendent quetzals from dawn to dusk for more than a week as they delivered fruits and the occasional insect or lizard to their two chicks. Resplendent quetzals usually nest in thicker forest, but this pair had picked a tree in a partly logged area in the Costa Rican cloud forest of San Gerardo de Dota. The additional light made it easier for Tyohar to catch... 

#8 Swim Gym By Laurent Ballesta, France

#8 Swim Gym By Laurent Ballesta, France
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“We were still a few meters from the surface when I heard the strange noises,” says Laurent. Suspecting Weddell seals – known for their repertoire of at least 34 different underwater call types – he approached slowly. It was early spring in east Antarctica, and a mother was introducing her pup to the icy water."Come play with us!"

#9 Glimpse Of A Lynx By Laura Albiac Vilas, Spain

#9 Glimpse Of A Lynx By Laura Albiac Vilas, Spain
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Laura had seen many of Spain’s wild animals, but never the elusive Iberian lynx, an endangered cat found only in two small populations in southern Spain. Unlike the larger European lynx, the Iberian lynx feeds almost entirely on rabbits. So a disease that wipes out the rabbit population can be catastrophic. They also need a particular blend of open scrub and natural cavities for natal dens. Laura’s family traveled to... 

#10 Saved But Caged By Steve Winter, US

#10 Saved But Caged By Steve Winter, US
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A back leg of this six-month-old Sumatran tiger cub was so badly mangled by a snare that it had to be amputated. He was lucky to survive at all, having been trapped for four days before being discovered in a rainforest in Aceh Province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The likelihood is that the snare was set by oil‐palm plantation workers to catch bushmeat (though tigers are also deliberately... 

#11 The Insiders By Qing Lin, China

#11 The Insiders By Qing Lin, China
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The bulbous tips of the aptly named magnificent anemone’s tentacles contain cells that sting most fish. But the clown anemonefish goes unharmed thanks to mucus secreted over its skin, which tricks the anemone into thinking it is brushing against itself. Both species benefit. The anemonefish gains protection from its predators, which daren’t risk being stung, and it also feeds on parasites and debris among the tentacles; at the same time,... 

#12 Saguaro Twist By Jack Dykinga, US

#12 Saguaro Twist By Jack Dykinga, US
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A band of ancient giants commands the expansive arid landscape of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert National Monument in the US. These emblematic saguaro cacti—up to 200 years old —may tower at more than 12 meters (40 feet) but are very slow growing, some sprouting upwardly curved branches as they mature. The roots —aside from one deep tap— weave a maze just below the surface, radiating as far as the plant is... 

#13 Romance Among The Angels By Andrey Narchuk, Russia

#13 Romance Among The Angels By Andrey Narchuk, Russia
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Andrey was on an expedition to the Sea of Okhotsk in the Russian Far East, and his intention on this day was to photograph salmon. But as soon as he jumped into the water, he found himself surrounded by thousands of mating sea angels. Quickly swapping to his macro equipment, he began photographing the pairs, 3 centimeters (11⁄4 inches) long and swirling around in the current. Sea angels are mollusks... 

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