In pictures: all the winners of this year’s World Nature Photography Awards

” Seeing these images can not fail to inspire one to do everything to safeguard this fragile world of ours,” stated Adrian Dinsdale, co-founder of the awards.

Spare an idea for the penguin that included in the grand prize winning shot of this years World Nature Photography Awards– the poor thing was about to be a leopard seals lunch. Such is the cruelness of nature.

His persistence was rewarded with an impressive underwater shot, which beat stiff competition to be stated general winner. There were 13 categories in general, including animal portraits, city wildlife and individuals and nature. One victor was chosen from each..

Paddling orang-utans, snoozing macaques and a seal hunting its lunch were amongst the winning shots. See them all here

The World Nature Photography Awards were established in the belief that photography can affect people to see the world from a different viewpoint and alter their own routines for the good of the planet..

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Gallery: The winning shots.

The winning shot: a leopard seal hunting its lunch in Antarctic. Image: Amos Nachoum.

The remarkable scene (imagined below) was captured by photographer Amos Nachoum from the United States. He waited patiently in frigid conditions on the remote island of Plano– off the Antarctic Peninsula– for the accurate moment at low tide, when the seals stealthily get in a lagoon and search for their victim..

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