Approximately 50,000 submissions from 95 countries were selected by industry experts in the Wildlife Photographer of the year 2021 competition organised by the Natural History Museum in London.
Let's take a look at the captivating images:
This picture of an Iberian lynx in the doorway of an abandoned hayloft in the Sierra Morena was captured by Spanish photographer Sergio Marijuán.
(Image courtesy: Sergio Marijuán/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
Indian photographer Rakesh Pulapa captured this image showing mangrove swamps that provide a buffer between Kakinada city and the sea in Andhra Pradesh, India.
(Image courtesy: Rakesh Pulapa/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
This image of slick of dead and dying herrings captured by Norwegian photographer Audun Rikardsen was used as evidence in a court case against the owner of a fishing boat.
(Image credit: Audun Rikardsen/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
This image shows a fox searching for salmon carcasses in Alaska. It was captured by US photographer Jonny Armstrong.
(Image courtesy: Jonny Armstrong/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
This image shows thousands of narwhal shrimp in deep water in the French Mediterranean. It was captured by French photographer Laurent Ballesta.
(Image courtesy: Laurent Ballesta/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
Romanian photographer Gheorghe Popa took this shot of a small river in the Apuseni Mountains which has taken on these vivid colors due to toxic waste from a nearby mine.
(Image courtesy: Gheorghe Popa/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
French photographer Emelin Dupieux captured an Apollo butterfly landing on an oxeye daisy in the Haut-Jura Regional Nature Park, eastern France.
(Image courtesy: Emelin Dupieux/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)