The Competition Is Fierce For This Year's Best Wildlife Photographer

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, the public is being given the opportunity to vote for their favorite images. Here are some astonishing wildlife photos that are seriously deserving of your vote.

Top: "Apex Predators" by Justin Black.

The contest, which is run by the Natural History Museum, will run until September 5th, 2014. The new category, called the People's Choice Awards, presents 50 pre-selected images chosen by a jury from more than 41,000 entries from almost 100 countries. You can vote for your favorite images here.

Also, you can share your favorite via @NHM_WPY on Twitter using the hashtag #MyWPY. By doing so you could win a copy of 50 Years Of Wildlife Photographer Of The Year: How Wildlife Photography Became Art, published by the NHM.

Here are some of our favorites (all images via Natural History Museum; photographers are credited at bottom of each photo):

Into the Dark

The Competition Is Fierce For This Year's Best Wildlife Photographer

Credit: Stanley Leroux Kings.

What's This?

The Competition Is Fierce For This Year's Best Wildlife Photographer

Credit: Peter Mather.

Around Sigma

The Competition Is Fierce For This Year's Best Wildlife Photographer

Credit: Filippo Rivetti.

Facebook Update

The Competition Is Fierce For This Year's Best Wildlife Photographer

Credit: Marsel van Oosten.

Shoulder Check

The Competition Is Fierce For This Year's Best Wildlife Photographer

Credit: Henrik Nilsson.

Dante's Inferno

The Competition Is Fierce For This Year's Best Wildlife Photographer

Credit: Karen Lunney.

Diamonds

The Competition Is Fierce For This Year's Best Wildlife Photographer

Credit: Malgorzata Ksiazkiewicz.

Red Kangaroos At Waterhole

The Competition Is Fierce For This Year's Best Wildlife Photographer

Credit: Theo Allofs.

Stretching

The Competition Is Fierce For This Year's Best Wildlife Photographer

Credit: Stephan Tuengler.

One Eye On You

The Competition Is Fierce For This Year's Best Wildlife Photographer

Credit: Mohammad Khorshed.

Bad Hair Day

The Competition Is Fierce For This Year's Best Wildlife Photographer

Credit: Gordon Illg.

Yellow Neck Mouse

The Competition Is Fierce For This Year's Best Wildlife Photographer

Credit: Carsten Braun.

Old Cloths

The Competition Is Fierce For This Year's Best Wildlife Photographer

Credit: Claudio Contreras Koob.

[ h/t Huffington Post ]

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