From these, an international jury selected 100 images across 18 categories, constituting the touring exhibition.
It’s currently being hosted, for the third time, at Geelong’s splendid National Wool Museum.
' Winter pause' Mats Andersson / Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Carrying its trophy from a raid on a snow goose nest, an Arctic fox heads for a suitable burial spot.
Wildlife photography joins in this ancient representative tradition, giving new life to animals as symbols and storytellers for the natural world.
Nowhere is this better exemplified than in the annual competition run by the Natural History Museum of London.The image is just one of 13 chosen from more than 50,000 entries from 92 countries.Other finalist images include seals swirling beneath ice, two bears nuzzling, and a tiger baring its teeth from inside a cage. The annual competition, which is now in its 53 until spring 2018. The museum says the competition showcases “Earth's most extraordinary and revelatory sights, reflecting nature's beauty and diversity and highlighting the fragility of wildlife on our planet.” Indonesia has the world’s highest levels of marine biodiversity but is second only to China as a contributor to marine plastic debris.' Saguaro twist' Jack Dykinga / Wildlife Photographer of the Year.A red squirrel in southern Sweden closes its eyes for just a moment, paws together, fur fluffed, before resuming its search for food.Deakin University provides funding as a member of The Conversation AU.The Conversation UK receives funding from these organisations View the full list From a leopard slipping through a Mumbai alleyway to giant cuttlefish courting under the sea, the striking images featured in the current Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition are at once beautiful, technically astounding and, often, incredibly moving.From modest beginnings in 1965, with fewer than 400 entries, it has developed into one of the largest and most prestigious photographic competitions in the world.This year, the competition received over 42,000 entries from almost 100 countries.' Romance among the angels' Andrey Narchuk / Wildlife Photographer of the Year.Saguaro cacti in Arizona's Sonoran Desert National Monument can grow up to 200 years old and tower at more than 12 metres.