Finalists Of The 2014 Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, presented by London’s Natural History Museum and BBC, has just recently announced its 50 finalists, chosen from over 41,000 entries. Here are some of the most breathtaking images taken over the last year.

Apex Predators by Justin Black

Apex Predators by Justin Black

Australian Sea Lion Pups by Michael Patrick O’Neill

Australian Sea Lion Pups by Michael Patrick ONeill

Bad Hair Day by Gordon Illg

Bad Hair Day by Gordon Illg

Barracuda Swirl by Alexander Mustard

Barracuda Swirl by Alexander Mustard

Bat Festival by João Paulo Krajewski

Bat Festival by João Paulo Krajewski

Beechnuts Rhythm by Sandra Bartocha

Beechnuts Rhythm by Sandra Bartocha

Big Mouth by Adriana Basques

Big Mouth by Adriana Basques

Caiman Night by Luciano Candisani

Caiman Night by Luciano Candisani

Dantes Inferno by Karen Lunney

Dantes Inferno by Karen Lunney

Dawn Lift-Off by Jack Dykinga

Dawn Lift-Off by Jack Dykinga

Diamonds by Malgorzata Ksiazkiewicz

Diamonds by Malgorzata Ksiazkiewicz

Facebook Update by Marsel van Oosten

Facebook Update by Marsel van Oosten

Feel Safe by Juan Carlos Mimó Perez

Feel Safe by Juan Carlos Mimó Perez

Flirting Bearded Seal by Audun Rikardsen

Flirting Bearded Seal by Audun Rikardsen

Great Peacock Moth Caterpillar by Leela Channer

Great Peacock Moth Caterpillar by Leela Channer

Heavy Rain by Pierluigi Rizzato

Heavy Rain by Pierluigi Rizzato

Helical by Frederic Brioris

Helical by Frederic Brioris

Hide Away by Brittany Fried

Hide Away by Brittany Fried

Innocents Betrayed by Hilary O’Leary

Innocents Betrayed by Hilary O Leary

King Penguins and Fur Seals by Denise Ippolito

King Penguins and Fur Seals by Denise Ippolito

Kings into the Dark by Stanley Leroux

Kings into the Dark by Stanley Leroux

Ladybird Spider by Carsten Braun

Ladybird Spider by Carsten Braun

Las Fauces de la Noche by Juan Jesus Gonzalez Ahumada

Las Fauces de la Noche by Juan Jesus Gonzalez Ahumada

Leaping Gentoo Penguin by Paul Souders

Leaping Gentoo Penguin by Paul Souders

Moonlight Climber by Alexander Badyaev

Moonlight Climber by Alexander Badyaev

Move! by Gerry Pearce

Move! by Gerry Pearce

Old Cloths by Claudio Contreras Koob

Old Cloths by Claudio Contreras Koob

One Eye On You by Mohammad Khorshed

One Eye On You by Mohammad Khorshed

Piraputangus by Adriana Basques

Piraputangus by Adriana Basques

Pure Magic by Raviprakash S S

Pure Magic by Raviprakash S S

Red Deer and Cranes by Marek Kosinski

Red Deer and Cranes by Marek Kosinski

Red Kangaroos at Waterhole by Theo Allofs

Red Kangaroos at Waterhole by Theo Allofs

Sea Lions Dreams by Christian Vizl

Sea Lions Dreams by Christian Vizl

Sentry Duty by Neil Aldridge

Sentry Duty by Neil Aldridge

Shoaling Reef Squid by Tobias Bernhard

Shoaling Reef Squid by Tobias Bernhard

Shoulder Check by Henrik Nilsson

Shoulder Check by Henrik Nilsson

Startled by Stargazer by Jennifer Jo Stock

Startled by Stargazer by Jennifer Jo Stock

Stretching by Stephan Tuengler

Stretching by Stephan Tuengler

Too Big But So Tasty by Alain Ghignone

Too Big But So Tasty by Alain Ghignone

View of Tokyo by Olivier Puccia

View of Tokyo by Olivier Puccia

Whats This by Peter Mather

Whats This by Peter Mather

Winter Hares by David Tipling

Winter Hares by David Tipling

Yellow-Necked Mouse by Carsten Braun

Yellow-Necked Mouse by Carsten Braun

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