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As the end of 2019 approaches, we're looking back at another fantastic year of nature photography. Over the last 12 months, our photographers have been busy pointing their cameras in all directions to bring us their views of the natural world. Here, we present a selection of our favourite nature images of 2019, as well as some of the hardest-hitting images made this year.
European mantis (Mantis religiosa) hunting swarming Pale burrower mayfly (Ephoron virgo), mayflies recently hatched. Tudela, La Ribera de Navarra, Navarre, Spain. August. - Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / European mantis (Mantis religiosa) hunting swarming Pale burrower mayfly (Ephoron virgo), mayflies recently hatched. Tudela, La Ribera de Navarra, Navarre, Spain. August.
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris), two curled up asleep in drey inside nest box. Nest of lichen and Pine needles. Highlands, Scotland, UK. - Neil Anderson
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Neil Anderson / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris), two curled up asleep in drey inside nest box. Nest of lichen and Pine needles. Highlands, Scotland, UK.
Frozen bends and flood plain of Halliste River, aerial view. Soomaa National Park, Viljandimaa County, Estonia. Febraury 2019. - Sven  Zacek
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Sven Zacek / Frozen bends and flood plain of Halliste River, aerial view. Soomaa National Park, Viljandimaa County, Estonia. Febraury 2019.
Bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus), group socialising in shallow water, aerial view. Part of larger group of more than 50 whales congregating, Sea of Okhotsk sub-population, Russia. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus), group socialising in shallow water, aerial view. Part of larger group of more than 50 whales congregating, Sea of Okhotsk sub-population, Russia.
Indian leopard (Panthera pardus fusca) on rock with forested hills beyond. Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India. Camera trap image. 2019. - Yashpal Rathore
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Yashpal Rathore / Indian leopard (Panthera pardus fusca) on rock with forested hills beyond. Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India. Camera trap image. 2019.
Smeathman's furrow bee (Lasioglossum smeathmanellum) feeding on Wallflower (Erysimum sp.) Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. April. - Phil Savoie
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Phil Savoie / Smeathman's furrow bee (Lasioglossum smeathmanellum) feeding on Wallflower (Erysimum sp.) Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. April.
RF - Denise's pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus denise) looks out from its home in a sea fan (Annella sp.). Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Ceram Sea. Tropical West Pacific Ocean. (This image... - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / RF - Denise's pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus denise) looks out from its home in a sea fan (Annella sp.). Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Ceram Sea. Tropical West Pacific Ocean. (This image...
Ostrich (Struthio camelus) silhouetted in dust storm. Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa. - Ann  & Steve Toon
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Ann & Steve Toon / Ostrich (Struthio camelus) silhouetted in dust storm. Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa.
Burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) male covering fledgling with wings to protect from danger. Fledgling flapping wings in protest. Marana, Arizona, USA. May. Sequence 1/2. - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) male covering fledgling with wings to protect from danger. Fledgling flapping wings in protest. Marana, Arizona, USA. May. Sequence 1/2.
Flying fish (Exocoetidae) in Sargasso Sea, Atlantic Ocean. - Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Flying fish (Exocoetidae) in Sargasso Sea, Atlantic Ocean.
Mute swan (Cygnus olor), two cygnets sheltering under parent's wing. Richmond Park, London, England, UK. April. Cropped image. - Oscar Dewhurst
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Oscar Dewhurst / Mute swan (Cygnus olor), two cygnets sheltering under parent's wing. Richmond Park, London, England, UK. April. Cropped image.
Long-eared hedgehog (Hemiechinus auritus) on dune bordering the Gobi Desert at sunset. Mongolia. - Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Long-eared hedgehog (Hemiechinus auritus) on dune bordering the Gobi Desert at sunset. Mongolia.
Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) tangled in fishing net. Tenerife, Canary Islands. 2019. - Sergio Hanquet
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Sergio Hanquet / Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) tangled in fishing net. Tenerife, Canary Islands. 2019.
Visitors taking selfies with smartphones with Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) swimming in background. Zoo de la Fleche, Sarthe, Pays de la Loire, France. 2019 - Philippe Clement
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Philippe Clement / Visitors taking selfies with smartphones with Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) swimming in background. Zoo de la Fleche, Sarthe, Pays de la Loire, France. 2019
White rhino (Ceratotherium simum), portrait. Solio Game Reserve, Solio Ranch, Kenya. Taken with remote camera buggy / BeetleCam. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / White rhino (Ceratotherium simum), portrait. Solio Game Reserve, Solio Ranch, Kenya. Taken with remote camera buggy / BeetleCam.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) calf riding on mother's head, near Nomuka Island, Ha'apai group, Kingdom of Tonga, South Pacific - Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) calf riding on mother's head, near Nomuka Island, Ha'apai group, Kingdom of Tonga, South Pacific
Red deer (Cervus elaphus) stag bellowing during rut in grassland, doe in background. - Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Red deer (Cervus elaphus) stag bellowing during rut in grassland, doe in background.
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) fighting over hippo carcass in water, Masai Mara, Kenya - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) fighting over hippo carcass in water, Masai Mara, Kenya
Elephant (Loxodonta africana) reaching up on back legs to feed on tree, front legs on termite mound. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. - Tony Heald
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Tony Heald / Elephant (Loxodonta africana) reaching up on back legs to feed on tree, front legs on termite mound. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.
Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus), portrait. Lake Kerkini, Sintik, Greece. January. - Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus), portrait. Lake Kerkini, Sintik, Greece. January.
Oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) swimming close to surface. Brothers Islands, Egypt. - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) swimming close to surface. Brothers Islands, Egypt.
Masai Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) silhouetted at sunset, Masai Mara, Kenya - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Masai Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) silhouetted at sunset, Masai Mara, Kenya
Marbled white (Melanagria galathea), two butterflies on Pyramidal orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis). Badbury Rings, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England, UK. June. - Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Marbled white (Melanagria galathea), two butterflies on Pyramidal orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis). Badbury Rings, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England, UK. June.
African Lion (Panthera leo) male at sunrise, Masai Mara, Kenya - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / African Lion (Panthera leo) male at sunrise, Masai Mara, Kenya
Jellyfish (Catostylus sp.) swims beneath a slick of plastic debris. Indian Ocean off Sri Lanka. - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Jellyfish (Catostylus sp.) swims beneath a slick of plastic debris. Indian Ocean off Sri Lanka.
Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) in flight,  Alaska, USA, February - Danny Green
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Danny Green / Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) in flight, Alaska, USA, February
Beech (Fagus sylvatica) woodland in moonlight. Cranborne Chase, Dorset, England, UK. March 2019. - Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Beech (Fagus sylvatica) woodland in moonlight. Cranborne Chase, Dorset, England, UK. March 2019.
Aerial view of Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) lunge-feeding, with throat pouch distended, southern Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California), Baja California, Mexico. - Mark Carwardine
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Mark Carwardine / Aerial view of Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) lunge-feeding, with throat pouch distended, southern Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California), Baja California, Mexico.
Galapagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki), two on beach, front of sea lion covered in sand, in morning light. Mosquera Islet, Galapagos. - Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Galapagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki), two on beach, front of sea lion covered in sand, in morning light. Mosquera Islet, Galapagos.
Yellow mongoose (Cynictis penicillata), two pups nose to nose. Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa. - Ann  & Steve Toon
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Ann & Steve Toon / Yellow mongoose (Cynictis penicillata), two pups nose to nose. Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa.
Tussah moth (Antheraea godmani) close-up of head and bipectinate antennae. Santa Clara, Chiriqui Province, Panama. Focus stacked image. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Tussah moth (Antheraea godmani) close-up of head and bipectinate antennae. Santa Clara, Chiriqui Province, Panama. Focus stacked image.
Sculpin (Alcichthys elongatus) eggs. Hokkaido, Japan. May. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Sculpin (Alcichthys elongatus) eggs. Hokkaido, Japan. May.
Dugong (Dugong dugon) male and juvenile Golden trevally (Gnathanodon speciosus) swimming over Seagrass (Halophila stipulacea) meadow. Marsa Nabaa, Marsa Alam, Egypt. - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Dugong (Dugong dugon) male and juvenile Golden trevally (Gnathanodon speciosus) swimming over Seagrass (Halophila stipulacea) meadow. Marsa Nabaa, Marsa Alam, Egypt.
Least grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) family, adult feeding chicks whilst other sits on nest. Texas, USA. July. - Karine Aigner
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Karine Aigner / Least grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) family, adult feeding chicks whilst other sits on nest. Texas, USA. July.
Orange tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) on bluebell flower in English woodland, Hertfordshire, England, UK, April. - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Orange tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) on bluebell flower in English woodland, Hertfordshire, England, UK, April.
Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) female and newborn baby, nose to nose in grassland. La Pampa Province, Argentina. - Gabriel Rojo
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Gabriel Rojo / Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) female and newborn baby, nose to nose in grassland. La Pampa Province, Argentina.
Aurora borealis over sea stacks, Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland. 2019. - Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Aurora borealis over sea stacks, Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland. 2019.
Snorkeller looking down on a Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) passing beneath. Indian Ocean, off Sri Lanka. - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Snorkeller looking down on a Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) passing beneath. Indian Ocean, off Sri Lanka.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing on pack ice at sunset. Svalbard, Norway. - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing on pack ice at sunset. Svalbard, Norway.
Long-eared jerboa (Euchoreutes naso) at sunrise. Gobi Desert, Mongolia. - Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Long-eared jerboa (Euchoreutes naso) at sunrise. Gobi Desert, Mongolia.
Lined seahorse (Hippocampus erectus) clinging to algae in a land locked alakaline lagoon on Eleuthera Island, Bahamas. - Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Lined seahorse (Hippocampus erectus) clinging to algae in a land locked alakaline lagoon on Eleuthera Island, Bahamas.
Silhouette of the head of a Grey-headed Flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) through its wings. On hot days when resting in trees, flying-foxes will spread their highly vascular wings, thereby allowing... - Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Silhouette of the head of a Grey-headed Flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) through its wings. On hot days when resting in trees, flying-foxes will spread their highly vascular wings, thereby allowing...
Snow blowing in wind, over cracks in the clear ice of Lake Baikal. Siberia, Russia. February. - Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Snow blowing in wind, over cracks in the clear ice of Lake Baikal. Siberia, Russia. February.
Eastern white-bearded wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus), four running in line, on migration, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. - Eric Baccega
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Eric Baccega / Eastern white-bearded wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus), four running in line, on migration, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.
Hippo (Hippopotamus amphibius) charging in aggression with open mouth. Chobe River, Chobe National park, Botswana. - Ann  & Steve Toon
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Ann & Steve Toon / Hippo (Hippopotamus amphibius) charging in aggression with open mouth. Chobe River, Chobe National park, Botswana.
Southern stingray (Dasyatis americana) two swimming over sand bar, under stormy sky. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. British West Indies. - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Southern stingray (Dasyatis americana) two swimming over sand bar, under stormy sky. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. British West Indies.
Hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus), close up of eye. Bioparc Doue-la-Fontaine, France. Native to Brazil. Captive. - Christophe Courteau
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Christophe Courteau / Hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus), close up of eye. Bioparc Doue-la-Fontaine, France. Native to Brazil. Captive.
African Lion (Panthera leo) cubs age two months playing, Masai Mara, Kenya Medium repro only - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / African Lion (Panthera leo) cubs age two months playing, Masai Mara, Kenya Medium repro only
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