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LONDON — The winners of the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition have already been declared, but now you can have your say, too.

You have until 10 January to cast your online vote for the annual People's Choice Award.

Members of the public around the world are encouraged to choose their favorite from 25 images shortlisted by the Natural History Museum. The photographs were pre-selected from nearly 50,000 submissions hailing from 95 different countries.

Here are this year's breathtaking contenders:

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Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition
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Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition

"Confusion" by Rudi Hulshof, South Africa

IMAGE: RUDI HULSHOF / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

"Sisters" by Bernd Wasiolka, Germany

IMAGE: BERND WASIOLKA / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

"Eye contact" by Guy Edwardes, UK

IMAGE: GUY EDWARDES / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

"Hitching a ride" by Daisy Gilardini, Switzerland

IMAGE: DAISY GILARDINI / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

"The stare of death" by Johan Kloppers, South Africa

IMAGE: JOHAN KLOPPERS / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

"Into the night" by Karine Aigner, USA

IMAGE: KARINE AIGNER / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

"Into the fray" by Stephen Belcher, New Zealand

IMAGE: STEPHEN BELCHER / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

"Rainbow wings" by Victor Tyakht, Russia

IMAGE: VICTOR TYAKHT / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

"Monkey ball" by Thomas Kokta, Germany

IMAGE: THOMAS KOKTA / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

"The couple" by Sergio Sarta, Italy

IMAGE: SERGIO SARTA / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

"Willow up close" by David Maitland, UK

IMAGE: DAVID MAITLAND / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

"Head-on" by Tapio Kaisla, Finland

IMAGE: TAPIO KAISLA  / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

"Ghostly snow geese" by Gordon Illg, USA

IMAGE: GORDON ILLG / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

"Jelly starburst" by Andrea Marshall, USA

IMAGE: ANDREA MARSHALL / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

"A mother's hand" by Alain Mafart Renodier, France

IMAGE: ALAIN MAFART RENODIER / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

"Eye in focus" by Ally McDowell, USA/UK

IMAGE: ALLY MCDOWELL / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

"Colorado red" by Annie Katz, USA

IMAGE: ANNIE KATZ / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR


 

"Opportunistic croc" by Bence Máté, Hungary

IMAGE: BENCE MÁTÉ / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

"Spiral" by Marco Gargiulo, Italy

IMAGE: MARCO GARGIULO / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

"Tasty delicacy" by Cristobal Serrano, Spain

IMAGE: CRISTOBAL SERRANO / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

"Facing the storm" by Gunther Riehle, Germany

IMAGE: GUNTHER RIEHLE / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

"The stand-off" by Michael Lambie, Canada

IMAGE: MICHAEL LAMBIE / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

"Caterpillar curl" by Reinhold Schrank, Austria

IMAGE: REINHOLD SCHRANK / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

"The blue trail" by Mario Cea, Spain

IMAGE: MARIO CEA / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

"Breakfast time" by Cari Hill, New Zealand

IMAGE: CARI HILL / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural
History Museum, London, where you can currently visit an exhibition of the shortlisted photographs.

To cast your vote, follow this link.

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