Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 finalists showcase the astonishing wonder of nature

From wrestling komodos to snow hares, this year's selection is worth admiring

Jess Denham
Tuesday 01 September 2015 13:28
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Creatures from the deep, wrestling komodo dragons and the stunning Patagonia landscape are among the animals and scenes captured by this year's bunch of talented Wildlife Photographer of the Year finalists.

Professionals and amateurs from 96 countries have submitted more than 42,000 entries themed around the natural world's most awe-inspiring sights.

The images are judged by a panel of professionals recognised in the photography industry and selected based on their creativity, artistry and technical complexity.

Categories include Mammals, Underwater, Birds, Reptiles, Land, Urban Wildlife and Black & White.

There is also a 10 Years and Under group for child photographers.

The exhibition opens on 16 October at the Natural History Museum in London and runs until 10 April next year. Tickets cost £12.60 for adults and £6.30 for children.

'Great Egret Awakening' was photographed by Zsolt Kudich as he worked on a project documenting the last untouched regions of the Danube. He found a sixth of Hungary's great egret population in one place.

The 100 shortlisted images will also embark on an international tour across six continents so that millions of people worldwide can enjoy them.

Last year's competition was won by Michael Nichols for his striking photograph of resting lions. Take a look at the other 2014 entries here.

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