Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 gallery



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Marvel at some of the fantastic photos competing for this year's prize

Photogenic plants, fascinating animals and dramatic landscapes are all ready for their close-ups in this annual photography competition and exhibition. A key component of the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year show are the stories which accompany the photos, describing the often remarkable conditions under which each photographer captured their winning shot.

Marvel at our favourite ten photos from this year's competition. We think the winner is definitely amongst these stunning snaps but what do you think? Tell us which photo is your favourite in the comment box below.

Relaxation Treading water Lion in the spotlight Perilous pickings Spirit of the forest The duel The unexpected hunter Woodland magic A movement of trees The end of sharks

‘I knew instantly what he was doing and why’

© Jenny E Ross

Perilous pickings by Jenny E Ross

At first, the white speck looked like a patch of snow on the cliff. But as the Zodiac inflatable boat got closer, Jenny realised it was a polar bear. ‘I knew instantly what he was doing and why,’ she says. This hungry young male was desperately attempting to climb down the rock face to scavenge eggs from nesting Brünnich’s guillemots, ‘risking his life and probably expending more energy climbing than he would have gained from any meagre meal of eggs.’

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