Peeping possums, ravenous foxes and a tree-hugging tiger are among the alluring highlights in this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition.
Hosted in Gas Hall of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the walls are lined with 100 exceptional and beguiling photographs that were shortlisted from around the world.
This isn’t just cute animal pics – although there are plenty of those – this competition is about snappers spending hundreds of hours waiting to capture that one moment when you see the natural instincts of wild animals in their own habitat.
The fox that got the goose, sharks surrounding their prey or the terrified gazelle with a wildcat hot on its tail; this is the drama of every level of the food chain from the ants to the king of the jungle.
It’s also a chance to see some of the world’s most endangered animals caught in candid moments and sometimes even with a cheeky look in their eye.
Amongst the final 100 of category winners and runners-up are stark pictures of the environment too, from the burning of the Amazon rainforest and Australian bushfires to burning bright lava at Etna volcano.
When first launched in 1965, the competition attracted just 361 entries. Now it is the most prestigious photography event of its kind with over 49,000 entries from 100 countries.
Judges have the tough task of shortlisting these down to the photos that most reveal the important and surprising stories about our relationship with the world in which we live. And they do just that as these glorious images are thought-provoking, sometimes funny and always intriguing.
A must-see so catch it while you can.