And the best wildlife photos of the year are...
Revel in the picturesque results of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 contest.
London's Natural History Museum holds a prestigious contest every year to determine the best wildlife photos of that year – and the results are in. Receiving more than 40,000 entries from over 100 countries, the winning photos are truly stunning. Check out some of our favorites:
Spanish photographer Pere Soler captured this amazing aerial view of the Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park on the coast of Andalucia, Spain. It boasts bright green colors from algae and seaweed, earning him the top prize for the "From the Sky" category. (Photo: Pere Soler/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015)
Israeli photographer Amir Ben-Dov carefully watched a group of red-footed falcons, capturing this winning photo in the "Birds" category. The photos was taken during the last hour of his six-day photography stretch. (Photo: Amir Ben-Dov/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015)
A lot of planning went into this "Urban" category winner taken by UK-based photographer Richard Peters. Peters tracked the fox and knew its nightly rounds before setting up the silhouetted shot. (Photo: Richard Peters/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015)
Dutch photographer Edwin Gisbers won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for the "Amphibians and Reptiles" category with this incredible underwater shot looking up at a great crested newt – giving the illusion that it's flying through the treetops. (Photo: Edwin Giesbers/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015)
The contest's overall winner, pictured below, featured a red fox hauling away the carcass of an Arctic fox. It was taken by amateur photographer Don Gutoski.
It's the best picture I've ever taken in my life," Don told BBC News. "It's the symmetry of the heads, the bodies and the tails – even the expression on the faces."
Kathy Moran, National Geographic magazine's senior editor for natural history projects and one of the contest’s judges, said that the dark story behind the photo actually don’t seem so disturbing.
"It doesn't come across as gory at all. In fact, when you first look at the picture, it's almost as if the red fox is taking off his winter coat."
Canadian photographer Don Gutoski captured this photo after a deadly attack between a red fox and an Arctic fox, earning him the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award. (Photo: Don Gutoski/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015)
She also notes that it contains a powerful message about Earth's fast-changing climate. Normally, different fox species like these would not come into contact much. Changing global temperatures are bringing animals like these into each others’ ranges more and more.
"As it gets warmer in the Arctic and sub-Arctic and the red fox can move further north into the territory occupied by the Arctic fox, you are going to get increasingly these kinds of tensions," said Moran.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London. To see more entries and find out more about them, check out their website.
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