Image Gallery: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Revealing nature photography in its purest form, this annual competition combines the work of talented young photographers and gifted amateurs with the leading lights of the profession from around the globe.

The resulting photographic collection celebrates the beauty and magnificence of the world in which we live, as well as acting as a stark reminder of the fragility of nature.

The competition is owned by the Natural History Museum, London and BBC Worldwide.