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1 AT THE EDGE
I had been trying to capture this distinctive row of houses overlooking Bristol Marina in a unique way for a while. I lay flat on the ground close to the water to photograph this group of eight mute swans as they swam towards me. I thought that their vibrant beaks complemented the colourful homes very well. Doug Jewell, Bristol, UK
2 WISHFUL THINKING
While standing on the deck of a whale-watching boat near Forster, New South Wales, I hoped to see a humpback fully breach. We didn’t have long before the vessel had to head back to port. Thirty seconds later my wish was granted and I saw two cetaceans cresting. This photo captures the moment the first whale splashed down as the second leapt out of the sea. Derek Harbottle, Kent, UK
3 HUNKER DOWN
I spent time watching green bee-eaters out of a window in Calcutta, India. Throughout the day they got used to me and eventually ignored my presence, which gave me the chance to take plenty of photos. In the afternoon it rained heavily and I enjoyed taking this shot of them resisting the weather. Sutapa Karmakar, Calcutta, India
4 ALPINE OUTLOOK
I visited Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA, for a week. One morning my dad and I were driving along a deserted, windy road that was over 3,000m above sea level when I glimpsed something furry. I turned to see a yellow-bellied marmot relaxing on a rock with the beautiful wilderness behind it. Sam Lisak, Illinois, USA
I have a soft spot for wildlife that is being displaced by development. The 16ha wood behind my home in Tyler, Texas, is currently being converted into condos, so species are looking for new territory. I saw this raccoon hanging out in a tree in my back yard, grabbed a camera and took its picture.
Shirley Effinger, Texas, USA
6 STANDING PROUD
As I was travelling through trails in Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka, India, on holiday I saw a wild Indian peafowl. The country’s stunning national bird was perched about 15m away from me on a tree surrounded by the rich flora of this forest region. Taking this image made my trip. Sreesha Belakvaadi, Bangalore, India