5 incredible photos you have to see from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards

They say you should never work with children or animals, but we’re very glad these photographers picked up their camera to capture these incredible shots.

The finalists of this year’s Wildlife Photographer Of The Year People’s Choice Award snapped nature at its finest – and here are the results.

A group of fieldfares gathering berries made the final.

Alongside these gentoo penguins in Antarctica.

As did this mother Adelie penguin protecting a group of chicks from a southern giant petrel.

A fan-throated lizard also got selected.

But the winning picture is something else. Taken by amateur photographer Thomas Vijayan, this shot won the national contest’s people’s choice award after attracting more than half of the public vote.

Although his favourite subjects are usually big cats, Vijayan, from Canada, said he could not resist the opportunity to snap these grey langurs playing at the end of a day’s safari in the Bandipur National Park in Karnataka, south west India.

Titled A Swinging Time, his award-winning image was one of 42,000 competition entries from almost 100 countries.

The full Wildlife Photographer Of The Year exhibition, showcasing a portfolio of 100 selected entries is open at London’s Natural History Museum until April 10. Entry to the 2016 competition is now open and can be applied for at: wildlifephotographeroftheyear.com.

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