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

'The atmosphere in the woodland was wonderful’

© Andrés Miguel

Woodland magic by Andrés Miguel

It was a cold, foggy, drizzly day – perfect conditions for searching for and photographing the many types of fungi pushing up through the fallen leaves on the forest floor of Los Alcornocales Natural Park in Andalucía, southern Spain. ‘It had been a very wet year, and the atmosphere in the woodland was wonderful,’ says Andrés. ‘I’d never tried using a wideangle lens to capture the perspective in this way before'. To do so required spending some time lying in the leaf-litter in the rain.

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