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©Marco Gaiotti, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
©Marco Gaiotti, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The shortlist for Wildlife Photographer of the Year is here, and it's...wild

Go vote for your favourite animal pic right now

Written by
Eddy Frankel
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year - the Natural History Museum's competition that pits nature snapper versus nature snapper in an aesthetic battle to the death, where only one creative can emerge victorious - is back! The jury has whittled down the selection from 50,000 entries down to just 25, and this year there are some doozies. We've got a smokey fox, a bear in therapy, a leaping squirrel and a heck of a lot of furry dudes just settling in for a nice cuddle and a nap. Lovely stuff.

You can go see all of these photos for yourself at the Natural History Museum. We've put some of our favourites below, but the full shortlist is online here, and just waiting for your votes. You get to decide who wins, and more importantly, who loses and is fed to lions. It's a cruel, cruel competition. 

©Antonio Liebana Navarro, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
©Antonio Liebana Navarro, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The Eagle and the Bear
©Jeroen Hoekendijk, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
©Karl Samitsch, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
©Karl Samitsch, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
©Zhang Qiang, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
©Zhang Qiang, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Find out more about the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition right here.

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