13 stunning photos that might win the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest is mostly “Planet Earth” encounters “Survivor.”

For the past 52 years, the rival has introduced us to some of the most remarkable portraits of the natural world. This year was no different, enticing roughly 50,000 submissions from professional and amateur photographers from around the world.

On Sept. 12, the controversy managed to restrict that stunning number of enterings down to a handful of finalists, liberating 13 marvelous portraits to the public. From the terrorizing glare of a bald eagle to tender times between a mama bring and greenhorn, each one of these portraits is a truly remarkable peek into life on Earth.

The final winners will be announced on Oct. 17, after which they’ll go on display at the Natural History Museum in London, which develops and grows the contest.

Check out the 13 finalists below.

1. “Swim gym” by Laurent Ballesta

A female Weddell seal introduces her pup to the thinks of their underwater nature. While seal pups are born on the sparkler, by the time they’re adults, they’ll outclass even best available human divers. Photo by Laurent Ballesta/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year, to take away the coast of eastern Antarctica.

2. “Arctic treasure” by Sergey Gorshkov

Caught red-handed with a stolen egg, this arctic fox isn’t likely to give up its life of crime anytime soon. Arctic foxes can embezzle up to 40 eggs a date, embed them in the icy soil for future consumption. When the long, dark wintertime eventually arrives, these illicit stashes will be a lifeline for this fox and its packages. Photo by Sergey Gorshkov/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year, made on Wrangel Island, Russia.

3. “The power of the matriarch” by David Lloyd

Lloyd captivated the image of this female African elephant in Kenya. Likely the matriarch of her flock, Lloyd says her gaze is fraught with “respect and knowledge — the essence of sentience.” Photo by David Lloyd/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

4. “Romance among the angels” by Andrey Narchuk

One day while diving in the Sea of Okhostk north of Japan, Narchuk noticed himself surrounded by law ocean angels( a type of naval shellfish that is related to snails ). He managed to capture a handful of image before he had to surface. The next day, they had all disappeared. Photo by Andrey Narchuk/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

5. “The insiders” by Qing Lin

You might think “insiders” refers to the clownfish, but if you gape closely, you can see that each carries a small crustacean known as an isopod in its opening. These strange humen are parasites that eat and eventually supersede the fish’s tongue. Chilling. Photo by Qing Lin/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year, taken in the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia.

6. “Sewage surfer” by Justin Hofman

Indonesia has some of the world’s greatest marine biodiversity, but its irrigates are also affliction by plastic junk. Hofman distinguished this minuscule seahorse clasping to a cotton swab during a dive near Sumbawa Island. Photo by Justin Hofman/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

7. “Bold eagle” by Klaus Nigge

Nigge lay on his belly as a rain-soaked bald eagle approached him. Glowering down at the photographer, the bird presented an insinuate, and terrorize, sketch. Photo by Klaus Nigge/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year, taken in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

8. “Resplendent delivery” by Tyohar Kastiel

With an emerald tail streaming behind and ruby chest on display, a male quetzal returns to its nest with food for its two young chicks. Kastiel devoted a few weeks tented out in a small spot of the Costa Rican cloud forest to get this shooting. Photo by Tyohar Kastiel/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

9. “Winter pause” by Mats Andersson

Winter is a period of residue for numerous swine, but not this red squirrel. These animals waste the part season kowtow by on fallen spruce cones. Andersson captured this squirrel’s painting during its rare and brief moment of downtime near his home in southern Sweden. Photo by Mats Andersson/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

10. “Saguaro twist” by Jack Dykinga

The Sonoran Desert can be a harsh, unrelenting context for any living thing increasing in, but saguaro cacti find the best way. With springs reaching deep underground for sea, these stupendous embeds can live up to 200 times, their sprigs morphing and twisting into structures as they senility. Photo by Jack Dykinga/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

11. “Bear hug” by Ashleigh Scully

With bountiful grass, salmon, and clams, Alaska’s Lake Clark National Park is a perfect summer home for brown bear genealogies. “I fell in love with brown countenances, ” Scully said. “This young cub seemed to think it was big enough to wrestle mum to the sand. As always, she dallied along, conglomerate, but patient.” Photo by Ashleigh Scully/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

12. “Glimpse of a lynx” by Laura Albiac Vilas

Iberian lynx are some of Spain’s most elusive wild animals. So when one appeared in the Sierra de Andujar National Park, Vilas couldn’t help but snap a paint. “The animal’s position caught me. They weren’t scared of beings — they simply neglected us, ” Vilas said. “I seemed so psychological to be so close to them.” Photo by Laura Albiac Vilas/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

13. “Saved but caged” by Steve Winter

A 6-month-old Sumatran tiger cub snarls at the camera, discovering its mad, pitiless heart. But this puppy won’t be returning to the wild. It was learnt and rescued from an illegal noose, and its back leg had been so injured that it had to be amputated. This babe likely will devote the rest of their own lives in a Javan zoo. Photo by Steve Winter/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Through these extraordinary photograph, the competition showcases the diverse, mad, beautiful, and ultimately precarious macrocosm we live in.

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