Foxes in a tree Foxes in a tree This incredible photo by Alex Geifman won the Eretz Israel Museum's local Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest. (All photos courtesy of the Eretz Israel Museum)

Photos showcase international and Israeli wildlife

Worldwide competition winners are coupled with local entries in a powerful exhibit.

Started by the Natural History Museum in London and the BBC Worldwide, the world-renowned nature photography contest Wildlife Photographer of the Year is nearing its 50th anniversary. Out of thousands of 2013 entries, the judges of the international competition selected 100 winning photographs, which are now on display at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv. The exhibit, called "Global Nature, Local Nature," also showcases the winners of a local competition organized by the museum.

Each image is an incredible representation of our ability to emotionally connect with nature. Here are a few of our favorites:

Lion approaches cameraThe runner-up for the Animal Portraits category of the international Wildilfe Photographer of the Year competition, this photo by Hannes Lochner was taken in South Africa using a remote wireless set-up.

Diver near school of fishA diver swims under a school of big-scale sand smelt near the Eilat coral reef. This photo by Noam Kortler won the local Israeli competition's Underwater World category.

Grey heronThe winner of the Animal Humor category in the Eretz Israel Museum's competition, this photo by Roy Avraham depicts a Gray Heron in a bit of an awkward dance.

Underwater macroA fantastic macro shot by Yaron Halevy, entered in the Underwater World category for the local competition.

Ezra HadadPhotographer Ezra Hadad's photo of a sleepy-eyed Eurasian Scops Owl won the Birds category of "A photo of nature #2."

The exhibit features many more extraordinary nature photographs and will be on display through the end of August 2014.

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