Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2014
From lionesses napping on the plain to scorpions with poison-loaded stings, nature astounds us everywhere we look. Get ready to be amazed by these breathtaking images...
1. Bruno D'Amicis takes this cute photo of a fennec fox in Tunisia.
This gorgeous fennec fox is sadly often hunted, despite it being illegal to catch or kill these wild animals in Tunisia. The photographer feels highlighting the plight of these endangered creatures may help increase awareness of this widespread problem. Bruno D'Amicis/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014. The Price They Pay Winner: The World in Our Hands
2. Touché! Photographer Jan Van Der Greef discovers another use for the hummingbird beak.
The sword-billed hummingbird usually uses its 11cm long bill to collect nectar, but apparently it doubles up as a weapon. Jan Van Der Greef/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014. Finalist - Birds Touche
3. Photographer Francisco Negroni captures the eruption of the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle complex.
Francisco Negroni/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014. Apocalypse. Winner: Earth's Environments
4. Edwin Sahlin dug a pit in the snow to wait in whilst he tried to get the perfect picture.
You might not believe it, but young Edwin Sahlin discovered Siberian jays' favourite snack is sausages and cheese! The intrepid explorer fed the birds tidbits until he captured the perfect photograph. Edwin Sahlin/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014. Snowbird. Finalist: 15 - 17 Years
5. Photographer Anton Lilja from Sweden heard these mating frogs before he saw them!
Fertilisation must take the place the moment the eggs leave the female’s body, so the male frogs are up against the clock! Anton Lilja/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014. The Long Embrace, Winner - 15-17 Years.
6. Rodrigo Friscione takes this stunning image of a very unlucky shark caught on a long line.
These hooks was on a long line of hooks, set up to catch blue and mako sharks, but great whites can also get caught on their sharp ends. Thousands of sharks a year meet this terrible end. Rodrigo Friscione Wyssmann/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014. The Longline Lottery Finalist: The World in Our Hands
7. Young wildlife photographer Will Jenkins shows amazing promise at such a young age!
"I love stories about dragons, and I wanted a big picture for my wall that would make me smile every day" says Will proudly. "I also wanted to impress my dad and brother." Will Jenkins/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014. Green Dragon Finalist: 11-14 Year
8. 8-year-old Carlos Perez Neval has been taking photos seriously since he was just five!
The talented photographer found this yellow scorpion basking in the sun on a rock. The insect raised its tail when he noticed Carlos shooting it. Carlos Perez Naval/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014: Stinger in the sun. Winner: 10 Years of Under
9. Michael Nichol's photo shows lionesses reclining in an almost biblical scene.
Nick followed the lions for six months and eventually took this picture using infrared to cut through the dust of the plain. Overall Winner - Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014: The Last Great Picture. By Michael 'Nick' Nichols