The entries spanned 11 categories, with submissions from more than 70 countries.  The winners and runners-up were announced at the Nature Talks photo festival in the Netherlands – and photographers can now start entering for next year’s contest.  EMMA PIETRAS has selected the pick of the pics from this year’s shortlist.

 Benc Mate was the finalist in the 'Nature Art' category with this incredible photograph of four birds flapping their wings
Benc Mate was the finalist in the ‘Nature Art’ category with this incredible photograph of four birds flapping their wingsCredit: WWW.MATEBENCE.HU [email protected]
 Peter Cech was the overall winner in the 'Birds' category
Peter Cech was the overall winner in the ‘Birds’ category
 Mohammad Murad was highly commended for his snap of two foxes set against a backdrop of city lights
Mohammad Murad was highly commended for his snap of two foxes set against a backdrop of city lights
 Climbing to the Sweet was a finalist in the 'Mammals' category
Climbing to the Sweet was a finalist in the ‘Mammals’ category
 Audun Rikardsen captured this amazing snap of a Golden Eagle landing
Audun Rikardsen captured this amazing snap of a Golden Eagle landing
 This bright and incredibly detailed photograph of a worm landed Alena Shevtsova a prize in the 'Other Animals' category
This bright and incredibly detailed photograph of a worm landed Alena Shevtsova a prize in the ‘Other Animals’ category
 Wei Fu captured this stunning photograph of two ants fighting over an insect
Wei Fu captured this stunning photograph of two ants fighting over an insect
 Alexey Zozulya won the 'Under water' category with his snap of a whale jumping in the sea
Alexey Zozulya won the ‘Under water’ category with his snap of a whale jumping in the sea
 Dominico Tripodi was runner-up in the 'Underwater' category with his image of life in the deep ocean
Dominico Tripodi was runner-up in the ‘Underwater’ category with his image of life in the deep ocean
 Tom Svensson's Help Us shows to chimps monkeying around and was a finalist in the 'Man and Nature' category
Tom Svensson’s Help Us shows to chimps monkeying around and was a finalist in the ‘Man and Nature’ category
 The overall winning photograph by Csaba Daróczi of two rabbits jumping
The overall winning photograph by Csaba Daróczi of two rabbits jumping
 This incredible photograph shows a fox drinking water from a swimming pool
This incredible photograph shows a fox drinking water from a swimming pool

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