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If penguins can fly past Eduardo Del Álamo: a penguin bursts out of the sea somewhere in Antarctica, fleeing the wild jaws of a hungry leopard seal that sees him as a quick snack

Natural perfection: participants in the nature photographer of the year see their most beautiful images in a stunning exhibition

  • The Natural History Museum has released some of the best photos of one of its annual competitions
  • The prize for nature photographer of the year is a coveted prize for photographers who take nature seriously
  • this year's entries range from urban environments, the jungle and the deep sea that capture wildlife
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The Natural History Museum has released images selected for the presentation of some of & # 39; the world's best pieces of nature photography.

The selected pieces cover a wide range of environments and color palettes that capture the beauty of the often forgotten world just outside the frame.

From hippos playing in the shallow lakes of the lake, to the underwater kelp forests that bloom beneath the waves, photographers have searched the planet to highlight its wonderful sights.

The showcase is part of an annual competition organized by the museum in the hope of reminding us that there is more in the world than our villages and towns.

The images shown here come from submissions for both the adult and children's competition, leaving room for budding Attenboroughs, regardless of their age.

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If penguins can fly past Eduardo Del Álamo: a penguin bursts out of the sea somewhere in Antarctica, fleeing the wild jaws of a hungry leopard seal that sees him as a quick snack

If penguins can fly past Eduardo Del Álamo: a penguin bursts out of the sea somewhere in Antarctica, fleeing the wild jaws of a hungry leopard seal that sees him as a quick snack

Panting by Adrian Hirschi: A male hippo, taken in the shallow water of Lake Kariba, steals a child from his mother and flees with the calf, with the intention of crushing it with his huge jaws, the mother behind could only look like the scene unfolded

Panting by Adrian Hirschi: A male hippo, taken in the shallow water of Lake Kariba, steals a child from his mother and flees with the calf, with the intention of crushing it with his huge jaws, the mother behind could only look like the scene unfolded

Panting by Adrian Hirschi: A male hippo, taken in the shallow water of Lake Kariba, steals a child from his mother and flees with the calf, with the intention of crushing it with his huge jaws, the mother behind could only look like the scene unfolded

Jason Bantle's Lucky Break: A cheeky raccoon sticks her face through the shattered hole of a 1970 Pinto Ford, flashes her face with bandits masked to the photographer before diving back in to care for her cubs

Jason Bantle's Lucky Break: A cheeky raccoon sticks her face through the shattered hole of a 1970 Pinto Ford, flashes her face with bandits masked to the photographer before diving back in to care for her cubs

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Jason Bantle's Lucky Break: A cheeky raccoon sticks her face through the shattered hole of a 1970 Pinto Ford, flashes her face with bandits masked to the photographer before diving back in to care for her cubs

The climbing death by Frank Deschando: a strange face like a beetle seems to sprout, unfortunately overtaken by the & # 39; zombie mold & # 39; infecting insects that force them to climb as high as possible so that the spores of the fungi can spread more easily

The climbing death by Frank Deschando: a strange face like a beetle seems to sprout, unfortunately overtaken by the & # 39; zombie mold & # 39; infecting insects that force them to climb as high as possible so that the spores of the fungi can spread more easily

The climbing death by Frank Deschando: a strange face like a beetle seems to sprout, unfortunately overtaken by the & # 39; zombie mold & # 39; infecting insects that force them to climb as high as possible so that the spores of the fungi can spread more easily

The wall of shame by Jo-Anne McArthur: a white wall is adorned with bloody handprints and prized rattle snakeskins, signatures, and trophies from those who have successfully hunted and skinned the animals

The wall of shame by Jo-Anne McArthur: a white wall is adorned with bloody handprints and prized rattle snakeskins, signatures, and trophies from those who have successfully hunted and skinned the animals

The wall of shame by Jo-Anne McArthur: a white wall is adorned with bloody handprints and prized rattle snakeskins, signatures, and trophies from those who have successfully hunted and skinned the animals

Beach Waste by Matthew Ware: Taken in the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama, the scene initially has an oddly worn attraction, but by looking closer you can see the blood and plastic, a man-made sling that killed the turtle
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Beach Waste by Matthew Ware: Taken in the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama, the scene initially has an oddly worn attraction, but by looking closer you can see the blood and plastic, a man-made sling that killed the turtle

Beach Waste by Matthew Ware: Taken in the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama, the scene initially has an oddly worn attraction, but by looking closer you can see the blood and plastic, a man-made sling that killed the turtle

The freshwater forest of Michel Roggo: although at first glance it may not look like, this photo was taken underwater at Lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland, the lush green strands extend to the surface and the blue sky beyond

The freshwater forest of Michel Roggo: although at first glance it may not look like, this photo was taken underwater at Lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland, the lush green strands extend to the surface and the blue sky beyond

The freshwater forest of Michel Roggo: although at first glance it may not look like, this photo was taken underwater at Lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland, the lush green strands extend to the surface and the blue sky beyond

Big cat and dog spit out by Peter Haygarth: A male cheetah is in the minority in an ambush of wild dogs. The cheetah bares his teeth, ready to hit one of his attackers while being flanked on all sides, his spotted ears a sign that this is not his first fight

Big cat and dog spit out by Peter Haygarth: A male cheetah is in the minority in an ambush of wild dogs. The cheetah bares his teeth, ready to hit one of his attackers while being flanked on all sides, his spotted ears a sign that this is not his first fight

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Big cat and dog spit out by Peter Haygarth: A male cheetah is in the minority in an ambush of wild dogs. The cheetah bares his teeth, ready to hit one of his attackers while being flanked on all sides, his spotted ears a sign that this is not his first fight

Jelly baby by Fabien Michenet: A young jackfish peers from the inside of a jellyfish, the black background evokes feelings of a space traveler traveling to distant stars, hidden in the vault limits his traveling partner, scaring off predators

Jelly baby by Fabien Michenet: A young jackfish peers from the inside of a jellyfish, the black background evokes feelings of a space traveler traveling to distant stars, hidden in the vault limits his traveling partner, scaring off predators

Jelly baby by Fabien Michenet: A young jackfish peers from the inside of a jellyfish, the black background evokes feelings of a space traveler traveling to distant stars, hidden in the vault limits his traveling partner, scaring off predators

The hair net cocoon of Minghui Yuan: A Cynamoth doll undergoes its transformation after it has woven the protective cage of hairy fibers, the unique structure looks like an artificial wicker basket that hides the beauty of the pattern inside

The hair net cocoon of Minghui Yuan: A Cynamoth doll undergoes its transformation after it has woven the protective cage of hairy fibers, the unique structure looks like an artificial wicker basket that hides the beauty of the pattern inside

The hair net cocoon of Minghui Yuan: A Cynamoth doll undergoes its transformation after it has woven the protective cage of hairy fibers, the unique structure looks like an artificial wicker basket that hides the beauty of the pattern inside

Cool drink from Diana Rebman: A long-tailed titter takes advantage of the bitter cold weather on the island of Hokkaido in Japan to have a drink along the way, while its stark black-and-white feathers contrast with the bitter cold shades of gray behind it
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Cool drink from Diana Rebman: A long-tailed titter takes advantage of the bitter cold weather on the island of Hokkaido in Japan to have a drink along the way, while its stark black-and-white feathers contrast with the bitter cold shades of gray behind it

Cool drink from Diana Rebman: A long-tailed titter takes advantage of the bitter cold weather on the island of Hokkaido in Japan to have a drink along the way, while its stark black-and-white feathers contrast with the bitter cold shades of gray behind it

Canopy meeting place by Carlos Pérez Naval: the blissfully serene canopy scene was captured in the Soberania National Park in Panama, where the heavy mists create a cozy feeling as if we were invited into a room to participate in the lonely sloth

Canopy meeting place by Carlos Pérez Naval: the blissfully serene canopy scene was captured in the Soberania National Park in Panama, where the heavy mists create a cozy feeling as if we were invited into a room to participate in the lonely sloth

Canopy meeting place by Carlos Pérez Naval: the blissfully serene canopy scene was captured in the Soberania National Park in Panama, where the heavy mists create a cozy feeling as if we were invited into a room to participate in the lonely sloth

Sleeping like a Weddell from Ralf Schneider: a Weddel seal seems to lie against the ice in a deep sleep, the monochrome color ensures that its sleep is undisturbed by any predators in the ice-cold tundra

Sleeping like a Weddell from Ralf Schneider: a Weddel seal seems to lie against the ice in a deep sleep, the monochrome color ensures that its sleep is undisturbed by any predators in the ice-cold tundra

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Sleeping like a Weddell from Ralf Schneider: a Weddel seal seems to lie against the ice in a deep sleep, the monochrome color ensures that its sleep is undisturbed by any predators in the ice-cold tundra

Touching trust by Thomas P. Peschak: A curious gray whale approaches a strange gesture of friendship floating in his water domain, the faint scars around his eyes tell a story of a rougher life as he reaches out for connection

Touching trust by Thomas P. Peschak: A curious gray whale approaches a strange gesture of friendship floating in his water domain, the faint scars around his eyes tell a story of a rougher life as he reaches out for connection

Touching trust by Thomas P. Peschak: A curious gray whale approaches a strange gesture of friendship floating in his water domain, the faint scars around his eyes tell a story of a rougher life as he reaches out for connection

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