More than 50 000 people from 92 countries entered the 53rd Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.* Here are some of the finalists.

"Swim gym": Laurent Ballesta, France / Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Finalist 2017, Behaviour: Mammals.


The overall winners will be announced on 17 October at the Natural History Museum in London. Entries for the next competition will be open from 23 October to 14 December 2017. 

“As we contemplate our critical role in Earth’s future, the images show the astonishing diversity of life on our planet and the crucial need to shape a more sustainable future,” the Natural History Museum said in a statement.

Take a look – the photos show everything from bear hugs to seals playing in the ocean. Which one is your favourite?

*Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London.

"Bold eagle": Klaus Nigge, Germany/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Finalist 2017, Animal Portraits.
"Romance among the angels": Andrey Narchuk, Russia / Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Finalist 2017, Behaviour: Invertebrates.
"Sewage surfer": Justin Hofman, USA / Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Finalist 2017, The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image.
"Saved but caged": Steve Winter, USA / Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Finalist 2017, The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image.
"Bear hug": Ashleigh Scully, USA / Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Finalist 2017, Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, 11-14 Years.
"Arctic treasure": Sergey Gorshkov, Russia / Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Finalist 2017, Animal Portraits.
"The insiders": Qing Lin, China / Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Finalist 2017, Under Water.