London hosts the Best Wildlife Photos of the Year

These 15 amazing images were all category winners in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. They are on display at the Natural History Museum.

Published 10 Nov 2017, 13:06 GMT
Caco is a western lowland gorilla in the forest of Odzala National Park in the Republic ...
Caco is a western lowland gorilla in the forest of Odzala National Park in the Republic of Congo. Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Daniel Nelson, took this photo of Caco feeding on a fleshy African breadfruit. Caco is about nine years old and preparing to leave his family. He is putting on muscle, and will soon become a solitary silverback, perhaps teaming up with other males to explore and, with luck, starting his own family in eight to 10 years’ time. Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered, threatened by illegal hunting for bushmeat (facilitated by logging and mining roads), disease (notably the Ebola virus), habitat loss (to mines and oil‐palm plantations) and the impact of climate change.
Photograph by Daniel Nelson - Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The beauty, grace and brutality of the natural world are all captured in this extraordinary collection of award-winning images. Each photograph won its category at the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, beating almost 50,000 entries from 92 countries.

The winners range from an engaging gorilla to a curious gull, and include a haunting image of a dead rhino, poached for its horn. These 15 award-winning images reveal the incredible diversity of life on Earth, from displays of rarely seen animal behaviour to secret underwater worlds. 

The images will be all on show, alongside 99 other shortlisted photographs, at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in the Natural History Museum in London until 28 May 2018.

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