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

'It’s an honour when an animal trusts you'

© Jasper Doest

Relaxation by Jasper Doest

In winter, Japanese macaques in the Jigokudani Valley of central Japan congregate in the hot-spring pools, to stay warm and to socialise. Jasper found about 30 macaques enjoying a steamy soak, their heads covered in fresh snow. ‘The warm water has a very relaxing effect on the monkeys, and most of them were asleep.’ He watched with delight as this youngster became increasingly drowsy and eventually closed its eyes. ‘It’s such an honour when an animal trusts you enough to fall asleep in front of you,' says Jasper.


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Sabine
Sabine

Fantastic photos of our beautiful world! But wtf are people doing to it?!?!?!?!!! Please stop this madness and show your respect towards all creatures living on earth.

vanessa
vanessa

Relaxation by Jasper Doest

Magdalena
Magdalena

Spirit of the forest by Paul Nicklen

Carol
Carol

my favourite photo is Lion in the spotlight