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Incredible pic of gorilla hugging rescuer among winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year snaps

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AN EXTRAORDINARY series of photos convey the magic and colour of the natural world. From an an elk horn-deep in Alaskan snow to a gorilla embracing his rescuer, these moments show the endlessly amazing variety of the animal kingdom. The stunning photos shortlisted for the Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice […]

AN EXTRAORDINARY series of photos convey the magic and colour of the natural world.

From an an elk horn-deep in Alaskan snow to a gorilla embracing his rescuer, these moments show the endlessly amazing variety of the animal kingdom.

Jo-Anne McArthur’s black and white photograph shows a gorilla and their rescuer embracing
Jo-Anne McArthur

The stunning photos shortlisted for the Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award range from the intimate to the breath-taking.

In a shot to rival Blue Planet, snappers display the calm of the ocean as a whale and her baby make their way through the sea.

From the mass of incredible photos, the candid and heart-warming shot of the gorilla by Jo-Anne McArthur emerged as the winner.

The photo was one of nearly 50,000 entries submitted for the 2017 competition, and shows the gorilla shortly after he was rescued from being turned into bush meat.

But what other photos made the shortlist? Here are some of our favourites…

Bearing up nicely

Debra Garside waited for six days to get this shot of a polar bear and her cubs in freezing conditions
Debra EBRA Garside

Having a whale of a time

Southern humpback whales migrate north from their Antarctic feeding grounds to give birth in the warm sheltered waters off Tonga
Ray Chin's Images

Wanna hang out?

Luciano on a cecropia tree in the protected Atlantic rainforest of southern Bahia, Brazil

Life is a roller coaster

A lilac-breasted roller rides a zebra in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Bear Chills

This lovely pair of bears are pictured with sopping wet fur. Millions of salmon spawn each year at Kuril Lake in the southern part of the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, attracted large numbers of brown bears

Hairendously sweet

The talented photographer captures the moment an infant orangutan lays his small hand in the big hand of its mother in Borneo, Indonesia

Bird’s eye view

flamingo
A flamingo protects their young between their distinctive pink legs. The fluffy Caribbean chick in the Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve in Yucatan, Mexicois less than five days old lives in the Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve in Yucatan, Mexico

I am not amoosed

An elk somehow sleeps while covered in snow in Alaska
Ryan Miller/Explore Alaska

Spotting a beauty

This amazing shot gives a close-up on the stunning leopard, Fundi, who stares directly at the camera in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Winging it

Lilian’s lovebirds bathe in South Luangwa NP, Zambia
Luke Massey

50 shades of blue

Blue Planet eat your heart out – this iridescent shot shows some of the wonders of the deep

In the pink

The mechanics of flight are shown here as this colourful bird takes flight
Steven Blandin

 

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