Picture Post: The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

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A dugong surrounded by curious snorkellers, bedraggled lions in the Serengeti, and toads emerging from hibernation (our featured image, above, © Łukasz Bożycki/Wildlife Photographer of the Year) are among striking preview images released today from Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013.

Co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide, the prestigious competition attracted almost 43,000 entries from 96 countries. Today’s preview images will join the winning images to form the exhibition (October 18 until March 23 2014) of 100 awe-inspiring photographs debuting at the Natural History Museum in October. The acclaimed show celebrates the rich array of life on our planet while highlighting the fragility of nature.

The pull of a dugong by Douglas Seifert (USA)

 Douglas Seifert/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
© Douglas Seifert/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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Sharing a shower by Michael Nichols, National Geographic (USA)

© Michael Nichols, National Geographic/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Sharing a shower © Michael Nichols, National Geographic/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Pearls of spring by Solvin Zankl (Germany)

© Solvin Zankl/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Pearls of spring by Solvin Zankl (Germany) © Solvin Zankl/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Magic mushrooms by Agorastos Papatsanis (Greece)

© Agorastos Papatsanis/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Magic mushrooms by Agorastos Papatsanis (Greece) © Agorastos Papatsanis/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Cold-blooded killing by Alejandro Prieto (Mexico)

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Cold-blooded killing by Alejandro Prieto (Mexico) © Alejandro Prieto/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Primate moments by Marcos Sobral (Portugal)

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Primate moments by Marcos Sobral (Portugal) © Marcos Sobral/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Harvest gold by Etienne Francey (Switzerland)

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Harvest gold by Etienne Francey (Switzerland) © Etienne Francey/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Twin hope by Diana Webman (USA)

© Diana Webman/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Twin hope by Diana Webman (USA) © Diana Webman/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Sockeye catch by Valter Bernardeschi (Italy)

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Sockeye catch by Valter Bernardeschi (Italy) © Valter Bernardeschi/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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.

The exhibition will run from October 18 2013 until March 23 2014, 10am to 5.50pm (last admission 5.15pm). Admission: Adult £12*, child and concession £6*, family (up to two adults and three children) £33*. Free for Members, Patrons and children under four. The nearest tube is South Kensington.

Picture Post: The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Oonagh Shiel
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