Finalists of the prestigious prize which recognises the very best in nature photography.

A wildlife photographer’s ultimate objective is to distill the savage beauty of the natural world, capturing moments so intimate, volatile or fleeting that they invoke uninhibited wonder. Now in its 50th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition showcases 100 images that realise this intention, selected from over 42,000 entries from across the globe.

Jasper Doest’s black and white frame is crowded by hundreds of elegant Demoiselle cranes, a few of which burst forth in flight, whilst Marc Montes’ up-close portrait of a three-foot Spanish grass snake is both alarming and amusing in equal measure.

In more hostile circumstances, Łukasz Bożycki endured below freezing temperatures in Poland before securing his shot of a Daubenton bat hibernating in an abandoned war bunker. The treacherous excursion claimed the life of his fellow researcher Piotr Tomasik, to whom the photograph is dedicated.

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