Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2017 – Finalists

Swim gym by Laurent Ballesta (France)

A mother introduces her pup to the icy water in east Antarctica in early spring. The pair slide effortlessly between the sheets of the frozen water. Finalist 2017, Behaviour: Mammals

Photo: Laurent Ballesta/2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Romance among the angels by Andrey Narchuk (Russia)

Sea angels are molluscs related to slugs and snails, with wing-like lobes used as swimming paddles. They are both male and female and here they prepare to insert their copulatory organs into each other to transfer sperm in synchrony. Finalist 2017, Behaviour: Invertebrates

Photo: Andrey Narchuk/2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Arctic treasure by Sergey Gorshkov (Russia)

An arctic fox carries its egg trophy from a raid on a snow goose nest and heads for a suitable burial spot. Finalist 2017, Animal Portraits

Photo: Sergey Gorshkov/2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The insiders by Qing Lin (China)

Each anemone fish has an extra pair of eyes inside its mouth – those of a parasitic isopod which enters as a larva via the fish’s gills, moves to its mouth and attaches its legs to the base of the tongue. Finalist 2017, Under Water

Photo: Qing Lin/2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Saved but caged by Steve Winter (US)

The back leg of this Sumatran tiger cub was so badly mangled by a snare it had to be amputated. He was trapped for four days before being discovered in a rainforest on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. It is likely the snare was set by oil-palm plantation workers. Finalist 2017, The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image

Photo: Steve Winter/2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Bold eagle by Klaus Nigge (Germany)

After several days of constant rain, the bald eagle was soaked to the skin. Full concentration on the eagle’s expression created an intimate portrait, enhanced by the overcast light of the rainy day. Finalist 2017, Animal Portraits

Photo: Klaus Nigge/2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Sewage surfer by Justin Hofman (US)

This tiny estuary seahorse ‘almost hopped’ from one bit of bouncing natural debris to the next, bobbing around on a reef near Sumbawa Island, Indonesia. As a brisk surface wind picked up, the seahorse took advantage of something that offered a stable raft: a waterlogged plastic cottonbud. Finalist 2017, The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image

Photo: Justin Hofman/2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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