Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Announces People's Choice Award Shortlist, Giving You A Say

A sloth hangs out in the canopy of the Brazilian rainforest. Luciano Candisani/WPY 2018

Josh Davis 09 Jan 2018, 00:01

Every year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition never ceases to amaze and astound, showcasing the wonders of the natural world. Bringing together the best images of plants, animals, and landscapes taken by some of the most talented nature photographers around the planet, it delivers a veritable smorgasbord of sublime pictures.

The Natural History Museum even lets the public have their say in the competition, by voting for the winner of the People’s Choice Award. Anyone can visit the website here, and choose their favorite from 24 beautiful images selected by the museum from a pretty incredible 50,000 entries that were submitted this year. Voting is now open, and will close at 12pm GMT (7am ET) on Monday, February 5, 2018.

Whichever picture impresses the public the most will then go on display at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition currently being held at the Natural History Museum, alongside all the other stunning images that have already been crowned runners-up and winners. The exhibition is running until May 28, so if you want to have a peek at the other entrants to the longest-running and most prestigious wildlife photography competition around, then you better get your skates on.

Below is a handful of the pictures that have made it through, just enough to whet your appetite before heading over to pick your favorite.

This little lilac-breasted roller decided to spend the afternoon riding around on a zebra. Lakshitha Karunarathna/WPY 2018
A flying gurnard spreads its wings as a warning to the photographer. Mike Harterink/WPY 2018
Two little bears learning how to catch salmon in Russia looking weirdly human. Marco Urso/WPY 2018
A roseate spoonbill makes a perfect landing on a lake in Florida. Steven Blandin/WPY 2018
A scalloped hammerhead takes a swipe at a school of cottonmouth jacks off the coast of Costa Rica. Adriana Basques/WPY 2018
An adorable little mountain gorilla infant kicks back and chills in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. Alan Chung/WPY 2018
A flock of Lilian's lovebirds gather at a precious watering hole during the dry season in Zambia. Luke Massey/WPY 2018
A mother and calf humpback whale move in to have a closer look at the photographer off the coast of Tonga. Ray Chin/WPY 2018
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