Cute, Savage And Macabre: Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Is Back

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Last Updated 03 September 2018

Cute, Savage And Macabre: Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Is Back
Meerkats gang up on a cobra approaching their warren.

Every year we look forward to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Why? Because it captures the beauty, savagery and cruelty of the animal kingdom through stunning photographs. We're part of that kingdom too, and the cruelty inflicted by humans is also featured, to remind us that we as a species can be just as savage, if not more so.

A lion steals a drink from a waterhole in Zambia.

From cute meerkats to deadly lions we're expecting nothing but brilliance from this year's litter. We still have a few months until it opens so here's a sneak preview of some of the images we can expect to find at the exhibition. These should tide you over until October, when we'll be hunting this show down at Natural History Museum.

A red footed booby closes in on a flying fish in the Indian Ocean.
Two Eurasian lynx kittens playfully spar with one another.
This sun bear almost looks human as it gazes longingly out of the filthy cage it's kept in at a Sumatran zoo.
A fox in a derelict school in Pripyat, a town that was evacuated following the nearby Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
An Asian Sheepshead Wrasse looks to impress females with his bulbous head. The fish start out female with some transforming into males when the reach a certain age and size.
Two African wild dog pups play a macabre game of chase using a baboon's head.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year opens at Natural History Museum on 19 October 2018 and runs until 30 June 2019. Tickets are £13.50 for adults, £8 for children.