Photographs of wildlife from all over the globe will compete for the top spot in a prestigious contest.
The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has launched the hunt for the best images of the world's creatures in 2013. Photographers will be able to enter their pictures in 18 different categories from 7 January 2013.
And the deadline to submit the images, which can be by both amateurs and professionals, is 25 February 2013. The awards, now in their 49th year, have a reputation worldwide for honouring extraordinary wildlife photographs of the highest quality.
This year some 48,000 photographers from 98 different nations entered their pictures in the hope of winning a share of £30,000 and the title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year. The best entries are exhibited at the Natural History Museum in London before being taken to locations all over the world, attracting attention from the international press.
The judges who will be picking the winning photographs in 2013 include Ruth Eichhorn, director of photography at Germany's GEO magazine and photojournalist Steve Winter, a previous winner who works for National Geographic. Luciano Candisani, a well-known wildlife photographer from Brazil will also be on the panel which is being chaired by Jim Brandenburg, a renowned photographer and film-maker.
Mr Brandenburg said the judges were looking for powerful images of nature, which would fill people with awe and wonder.
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