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Wildlife Photographer of the Year award finalists capture natural beauty

Staff writer, September 13, 2017 5:45PM News Corp Australia

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Arctic treasure by Sergey Gorshkov. media_cameraArctic treasure by Sergey Gorshkov.

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What a wonderful world we live in, as these wildlife images prove.

There’s the cheeky Arctic fox slinking* through the stark, white landscape after stealing an egg from a snow goose nest.

Arctic treasure by Sergey Gorshkov showing an arctic fox carrying its trophy from a raid on a snow goose nest. media_cameraArctic treasure by Sergey Gorshkov showing an arctic fox carrying its trophy from a raid on a snow goose nest.

A seahorse clutches* a discarded ear bud in a reef near Indonesia.

Sewage surfer by Justin Hofman showing a sea horse hitching a ride on a discarded ear bud. media_cameraSewage surfer by Justin Hofman showing a sea horse hitching a ride on a discarded ear bud.

And in an Antarctic spring, a mother seal teaches her pup to swim in the icy waters.

Swim gym by Laurent Ballesta showing a mother seal teaching her pup to swim. media_cameraSwim gym by Laurent Ballesta showing a mother seal teaching her pup to swim.

Those are just some of the finalists in the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, unveiled* in the United Kingdom this week.

Now in its 53rd year, the annual competition represents the pinnacle* of wild animal photography and in 2017 it received more than 50,000 entries from snappers in 92 countries.

The competition is judged by a team of experts from around the world and images are chosen for their technical skill, creativity and originality.

Winners will be announced next month at the Natural History Museum in London, before the pictures travel the world on a global tour.

Entries for the next competition open at the end of October. Both professionals and amateurs* can enter.

SOME OTHER FINALISTS 

The insiders by Qing Lin shows curious clown fish. media_cameraThe insiders by Qing Lin shows curious clown fish.
Bear hug by Ashleigh Scully showing a young bear cub wrestling its mum. media_cameraBear hug by Ashleigh Scully showing a young bear cub wrestling its mum.
Resplendent delivery by Tyohar Kastiel showing a male quetzals with a wild avocado in his beak. media_cameraResplendent delivery by Tyohar Kastiel showing a male quetzals with a wild avocado in his beak.
Bold eagle by Klaus Nigge showing a bald eagle soaked to the skin after days of rain. media_cameraBold eagle by Klaus Nigge showing a bald eagle soaked to the skin after days of rain.


GLOSSARY

  • slinking: walking sneakily
  • clutches: tightly holds
  • unveiled: revealed
  • pinnacle: top
  • amateurs: people who do it as a hobby, not a job

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EXTRA READING

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HURRICANE IRMA CLEAN-UP BEGINS

TASMANIAN TIGER ‘PROOF’ ON FILM

HOW DID A GREAT WHITE END UP IN THE POOL?

WELCOMING A RARE WHITE KOALA

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