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Natural selection: Wildlife shots up for top prize

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FROM an eagle warily eyeing a bear to lions caught out in a rainstorm, these amazing images of wildlife are all contenders for one of photograph­y’s biggest prizes.

All were taken in challengin­g situations by extremely patient photograph­ers often having to brave the elements.

In one, a bald eagle keeps watch on a black bear cub which climbed up beside it to take a nap in a pine tree in Alaska. Dutch scientist Jeroen Hoekendijk scrambled up a nearby hill ‘with some difficulty – and a lot of luck’ to take the shot.

And American Ashleigh McCord herself had to shelter from a tropical storm on Kenya’s Masaai Mara plains to get a picture of lions getting a drenching. The public can vote for the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photograph­er of the Year at www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy/peoples-choice

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Picture:KARLSAMITS­CH Nut so fast: Squirrel leaps for food in Cairngorms, Scotland
 ?? ?? Eagle-eyed: A bird of prey checks out a sleeping bear in Alaska
Eagle-eyed: A bird of prey checks out a sleeping bear in Alaska
 ?? ?? Bond of brothers: Sibling lions in a rainstorm in Masaai Mara, Kenya
Bond of brothers: Sibling lions in a rainstorm in Masaai Mara, Kenya
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Wild child: Orangutan and baby in Sumatra
 ?? ?? Bushfire escape: Kangaroos in Australia
Bushfire escape: Kangaroos in Australia

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