The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, presented by London’s Natural History Museum and BBC, has just recently announced its 50 finalists, chosen from over 41,000 entries. Here are some of the most breathtaking images taken over the last year.

via [news.distractify.com]

‘Stretching’ by Stephan Tuengler
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‘Apex Predators’ by Justin Black
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‘One Eye On You’ by Mohammad Khorshed
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‘Flirting Bearded Seal’ by Audun Rikardsen
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‘Facebook Update’ by Marsel van Oosten
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‘Australian Sea Lion Pups’ by Michael Patrick O’Neill
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‘Bad Hair Day’ by Gordon Illg
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‘Barracuda Swirl’ by Alexander Mustard
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‘Bat Festival’ by João Paulo Krajewski
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‘Caiman Night’ by Luciano Candisani
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‘Dantes Inferno’ by Karen Lunney
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‘Dawn Lift-Off’ by Jack Dykinga
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‘Diamonds’ by Malgorzata Ksiazkiewicz
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‘Feel Safe’ by Juan Carlos Mimó Perez
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‘Great Peacock Moth Caterpillar’ by Leela Channer
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‘Heavy Rain’ by Pierluigi Rizzato
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‘Helical’ by Frederic Brioris
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‘Hide Away’ by Brittany Fried
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‘Big Mouth’ by Adriana Basques
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‘Innocents Betrayed’ by Hilary O’Leary
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‘King Penguins and Fur Seals’ by Denise Ippolito
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‘Kings into the Dark’ by Stanley Leroux
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‘Ladybird Spider’ by Carsten Braun
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‘Las Fauces de la Noche’ by Juan Jesus Gonzalez Ahumada
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‘Leaping Gentoo Penguin’ by Paul Souders
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‘Moonlight Climber’ by Alexander Badyaev
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‘Move!’ by Gerry Pearce
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‘Old Cloths’ by Claudio Contreras Koob
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‘Piraputangus’ by Adriana Basques
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‘Beechnuts Rhythm’ by Sandra Bartocha
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‘Pure Magic’ by Raviprakash S S
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‘Red Deer and Cranes’ by Marek Kosinski
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‘Red Kangaroos at Waterhole’ by Theo Allofs
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‘Sea Lions Dreams’ by Christian Vizl
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‘Sentry Duty’ by Neil Aldridge
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‘Shoaling Reef Squid’ by Tobias Bernhard
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‘Startled by Stargazer’ by Jennifer Jo Stock
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‘Shoulder Check’ by Henrik Nilsson
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‘Too Big But So Tasty’ by Alain Ghignone
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‘View of Tokyo’ by Olivier Puccia
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‘Whats This’ by Peter Mather
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‘Winter Hares’ by David Tipling
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‘Yellow-Necked Mouse’ by Carsten Braun
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