PICTURES: 10 of the best shots from Wildlife Photographer of the Year

See the fantastic winning shots from this 2013's Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition as the winners are unveiled

Greg du Toit: Essence of elephants

'Essence of Elephants'. Greg du Toit/Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

The winners of The Natural History Museum's prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year for 2013 have finally been unveiled. Selected from almost 43,000 entries from 96 countries, the winners offer a glimpse of the stunning array of natural beauty on our planet.

The top prize has gone to South African photographer Greg du Toit for his image titled ‘Essence of Elephants' (above), a portrait of African elephants in motion, taken in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana.

The exhibition will be opening at the Natural History Museum on October 18. In the meantime, scroll down to see a selection of the fantastic images from this year's competition:


'Lucky Pounce'. Connor Stefanison/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

 

'The Water Bear'. Paul Souders/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

 

'Sticky Situation'. Isak Pretorious/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

'The Spat'. Joe McDonald/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

 

'Dive Buddy'. Luis Javier Sandoval/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

 

'The Flight Path'. Connor Stefanison/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

 

'The Cauldron'. Sergey Gorshkov/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

 

'Snow Moment'. Jasper Doest/Wildlife Photographer of the Year



'Mother's Little Headful'. Udayan Rao Pawar/Wildlife Photographer of the Year (Winner: Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year)

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