More than 45,000 images from professional and amateur photographers from across 95 countries entered the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 contest hosted by the Natural History Museum in London, and BNQT has been given permission to offer a sneak peek at some of the top entries.
The winners are scheduled to be announced Oct. 16, and the exhibition at the museum will open Oct. 19.
All photos copyrighted and used with permission.
Photo credit: Isak Pretorius, South Africa
A lioness drinks from a waterhole in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.
Photo credit: Wayne Jones, Australia
A yellow pygmy goby guards its home, a discarded glass bottle, on the sandy seabed off the coast of Mabini in the Philippines.
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Photo credit: Tony Wu, USA
An Asian sheepshead wrasse sets out to impress females with its pastel colors, protruding lips and outstanding pink forehead off the remote Sado Island off Japan.
Photo credit: Emmanuel Rondeau, France
A Bengal tiger gazes at the camera set up in a remote forest in the Himalayas of central Bhutan.
Photo credit: Julius Kramer, Germany
On the brink of giving up trying to capture Eurasian lynx, Kramer set up his camera trap in the Upper Bavarian Forest in Germany one more time and captured two 6-month-old kittens playing.
Photo credit: Tertius A. Gous, South Africa
When an Anchieta’s cobra approached two meerkat pups near Brandberg Mountain in Namibia, the cavalry came to the rescue, one group grabbing the pups the other dealing with the snake.
Photo credit: Sue Forbes, UK
A juvenile red-footed booby swoops down to seize its prey, in this case, a flying fish, northeast of D’Arros Island in the Outer Islands of Seychelles.
Photo credit: Christian Wappl, Austria
A firefly larva more than three inches long emits a continuous glow in the Peninsular Botanic Garden in Thailand.
Photo credit: Valter Bernardeschi, Italy
With wetsuit on, Bernardeschi got into the water and used two monopod poles and a float to extend his camera in front of him as walruses fed off an island in the Norwegian archipelago off Svalbard.
Photo credit: Adam Hakim Hogg, Malaysia
A Titiwangsa horned tree lizard is victorious over a venomous Malaysian jewel centipede in the mountains of Pahang, Malaysia.