Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards have released their annual shortlist of 25 nature images for public voting in the people's choice category. Anyone can help whittle down the finalists to select one overall public vote award winner and four runners-up.

In its 59th iteration, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year recognizes some of the year's best images of the natural world. London's Natural History Museum, which develops and produces the completion and exhibition, received 49,957 entries from 95 countries this year.

The judging panel is only allowed to select 100 images and 25 are thrown to a public vote to round out the final list of winners. This year, there are images of a sleeping polar bear, an elephant savaging for food, Moon jellyfish under an aurora borealis, moments that remind us of human impact and more from around the globe.

Public voting is open through January 31, 2024, and the top five winners will be announced on February 7, 2024. Anyone wishing to cast a ballot can do so online or in person at London's Natural History Museum. The people's choice winners will join the 100 winners already selected by the award jury and join the public exhibition until it closes on June 30, 2024.