The winning photo from the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest is dark and bloody: A black rhino lies dead on the ground in South Africa’s Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, its horn brutally sawed off.
Other winning photos showcase the beauty of nature — sharks circle in a column of water, a bear cub wrestles with its mother, and a a congregation of sperm whales gather to socialise.
The winners of the annual contest, which is produced by the Natural History Museum in London, were announced late Tuesday night. They were chosen from more than 50,000 entries submitted from 92 countries around the world. A selection of preview images from the contest were released in September.
You can see the full gallery of winners and finalists on the museum’s website, but we’ve published a selection of some winners and finalists below.
This red fox took a dive into a snowdrift in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, while trying to capture a vole -- unsuccessfully.
A nesting leatherback turtle journeys back to the ocean in Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.
Lions rarely attack giraffes, but Michael Cohen thinks these two in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa, may have noticed that the animal's misshapen hooves made it difficult to run.
These brook trout were battling for a position as a female prepared to lay eggs in her nearby nest in Magalloway River, Lincoln County, Maine.
This Sumatran tiger cub was saved from a snare in a rainforest in Aceh Province on the Indonesian Island of Sumatra by an anti-poaching patrol.
Shot and de-horned by poachers, this dead black rhino bull lies on the ground in South Africa's Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve.
In Arizona's Sonoran Desert National Monument, these saguaro cacti grow for up to 200 years. They spread as far underground as they stand above it in order to absorb rain.
A group of dozens of sperm whales met off the coast of Sri Lanka to socialise for a few days, rubbing against each other to remove dead skin.
Caco, a nine-year-old western lowland gorilla in Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Congo, relaxes while enjoying a breadfruit. Photographer Daniël Nelson was just 16 years old when he took this image, which earned him the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.
This whale shark swimming near the Maldives was inhaling a snack as a remora fish aimed to position itself on the shark's head.
This brown bear cub in Alaska's Lake Clark National Park just wanted to play and wrestle with its mother.
This tiny seahorse near Sumbawa Island, Indonesia, abandoned the seagrass it was holding when the tide came in bearing plastic and sewage -- and grabbed onto this plastic and cotton raft.
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