Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 [Gallery]

Stunning photos of gorillas, dugongs and mushrooms were among the 43,000 entries from 96 countries to the 2013 wildlife photographer of the year competition. The Natural History Museum will announce the overall winners in October.

  • Cold-blooded killing . Photo: Alejandro Prieto/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013Cold-blooded killing . Photo: Alejandro Prieto/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013
  • Primate moments. Photo: Marcos Sobral/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013Primate moments. Photo: Marcos Sobral/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013
  • The pull of a dugong. Photo: Douglas Seifert/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013The pull of a dugong. Photo: Douglas Seifert/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013
  • Twin hope . Photo: Diana Webman/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013Twin hope . Photo: Diana Webman/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013
  • Pearls of spring . Photo: Solvin Zankl/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013Pearls of spring . Photo: Solvin Zankl/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013
  • Sockeye catch . Photo: Valter Bernardeschi/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013Sockeye catch . Photo: Valter Bernardeschi/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013
  • Eye of a toad . Photo: Lukasz Bozycki/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013Eye of a toad . Photo: Lukasz Bozycki/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013
  • Magic mushrooms . Photo: Agorastos Papatsanis/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013Magic mushrooms . Photo: Agorastos Papatsanis/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013
  • Sharing a shower. Photo: Michael Nichols/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013Sharing a shower. Photo: Michael Nichols/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013
  • Harvest gold. Photo: Etienne Francey/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013Harvest gold. Photo: Etienne Francey/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition is in its 49th year and attracts entries from professionals and amateur photographers alike. Judged by a panel of widely acclaimed industry-recognised professionals, the images are selected for their creativity, artistry and technical complexity.

Outdoor photography is particularly challenging because photographers don’t control elements, including lighting, weather, and even their subjects. That’s what makes the winning photos from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition even more stunning.

Co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide, the prestigious competition attracted almost 43,000 entries from 96 countries. The winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 will be announced on 15 October. Tickets for the exhibition are available from 29 August.

All the winning photos will be on display for the public at the Natural History Museum in London beginning Oct. 18. For more information on the contest and the exhibition, check out the contest’s website here.

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