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The fragile beauty of nature. These are the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017’s finalists

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 finalists have been announced. Admire all the pictures and discover the story behind every single one.

50,000 professional and amateur photographers from 92 countries have answered this year’s call for the world’s most prestigious wildlife photography, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Now in its 53rd edition, the contest aims to showcase the best nature photography in the world while raising awareness on the beauty – and fragility – of nature.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017, the finalists

All the finalists have captured a different aspect of the natural world in their photographs, from a seahorse clung to a plastic cotton bud to a pair of sea angels mating. And behind every single shot is a story – the story of an endangered species recovering, of the mother-offspring relationship in the animal kingdom, of an ancestral behaviour, and of the impact humans (and their careless behaviour) have on wildlife.

This year’s winners will be announced on the 17th of October at the Natural History Museum in London, where the flagship exhibition will be held. The images will then embark on an international tour, bringing the fragile beauty of nature all around the world. “As we contemplate our critical role in the Earth’s future, the images show the astonishing diversity of life on our planet and the crucial need to shape a more sustainable future”.

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