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Andy Rouse / Maasai Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) silhouetted by beams of light from setting sun, Maasai Mara, Kenya, Africa. Winner of the African section of the Nature? Best Windland Smith Rice...
David Fleetham / Three Blacktip reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) silhouetted just below the ocean surface, Yap, Micronesia, Pacific Ocean.
Charlie Hamilton-James / Sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) male, lekking display, rear view of feathers, Pinedale, Wyoming, USA. January.
Tim Laman / A frost-covered windowpane backlit at sunrise on a cold February morning, New Hampshire, USA.
David Fleetham / Day octopus (Octopus cyanea) ventral view portrait, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean.
Doug Gimesy / Grey-headed flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) silhouette, hanging on a branch with wing open to help cool down, Yarra Bend Park, Kew, Victoria, Australia, April.
Doug Gimesy / Grey-headed flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) group hanging and stretching out wings on a branch, backlit by the setting sun, Yarra Bend Park, Kew, Victoria, Australia, November.
Lukas Schaefer / Sunrays filtering through the trees as spray from a waterfall rolls past, Ahrntal Valley, Alps, South Tyrol, Italy, June.
Steven Kazlowski / Adult Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) silhouetted at sunrise along barrier island, off 1002 coastal plain of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Barter Island, Alaska, USA. October.
Marie Read / Ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) male flies in to feed on nectar from Eastern red columbine flower (Aquilegia canadensis), Freeville, New York, USA, June.
Oscar Dewhurst / Mandarin duck (Aix galericulata) drake swimming on pond, backlit by rising sun and bokeh effect, Richmond Park, London, UK. February.
David Pattyn / Juvenile Mute swan (Cygnus olor) in early morning light, Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, The Netherlands, Europe. August.