Incredible images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

A brilliant snap of some foxes captured near their den in North America. (image credit: Tin Man Lee/Natural History Museum)
Nature is full of beauty as much as it is a tragedy. Here a mountain gorilla is seen nursing the body of her infant who has sadly passed away.  (image credit: Ricardo Núñez Montero/Natural History Museum)
These narwhal shrimps are seen captured fantastically against a beautiful blue backdrop.  (image credit: Laurent Ballesta / Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
The photo shows the aftermath of overfishing. A boat had caught too many fish and the net broke, spilling tonnes of dead fish into the surrounding water. (image credit: Audun Rikardsen / Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
The other Grand title winner, Skye Meake won the title of Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 for this image of a rather relaxed looking leopard.  (image credit: Skye Meaker/Natural History Museum)
This incredible portrait of a grey owl and her family was snapped by Connor Stefanison and is included in the  LUMIX People's Choice Award category in 2018.   (image credit: Connor Stefanison/Natural History Museum)
This unbelievably well-timed photo shows an amazing encounter with a seal in Antarctica. (image credit: Cristobal Serrano/Natural History Museum)
A photographic scene that shows the hardship that's also suffered in the animal kingdom. A starving underweight polar bear on the hunt for something to eat.  (image credit: Justin Hofman/Natural History Museum)
A beautiful wintery scene sees a squirrel eying up their surroundings as the snow falls. (image credit: Audren Morel/Natural History Museum)
A beautiful and yet terrifying view of a leopard gazing back into the lens. Not something you'd want to see close-up in the wild yourself. (image credit: Martin van Lokven/Natural History Museum)
Another touching family photo shows a beautiful moment as a small child gently grasps its mother's hand. (image credit: Jami Tarris/Natural History Museum)
Luciano had to climb the cecropia tree, in the protected Atlantic rainforest of southern Bahia, Brazil, to take an eye-level shot of this three-toed sloth. (image credit: Luciano Candisani/Natural History Museum)
This little chap looks like he's thoroughly chilled after wearing out his parents. A feeling we know all too well! (image credit: Alan Chung/Natural History Museum)
It's thirsty work being this cool. A lion takes a moment for a touch of refreshing liquid. (image credit: Isak Pretorius/Natural History Museum)
We love how moody this image is, it could almost be artwork for an album cover.  (image credit: Valter Bernardeschi/Natural History Museum)