Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Ofer Levy (Israel/Australia)
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Fly-by drinking

Israeli photographer Ofer Levy spent several days in Parramatta Park in New South Wales snapping the extraordinary drinking behaviour of Austraila's largest bat, the grey-headed flying fox.

Kai Fagerström (Finland)
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Secret lives

A disused family cottage in Suomusjärvi, Finland has fallen into disrepair, but is still a winter home to many woodland creatures, including this red squirrel, which lives in the attic. Taken by Kai Fagerström.

Jasper Doest (Netherlands)
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Relaxation

Japanese macaques in the Jigokudani Valley of central Japan congregate in hot-spring pools, to stay warm and socialise. And to be photographed by Dutchman Jasper Doest.

Paul Nicklen (Canada)
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Bubble-jetting emperors

A sunlit mass of emperor penguins charge upwards, leaving in their wake a crisscross of bubble trails. Taken by Paul Nicklen, of Canada.

Steven Kovacs (Canada)
5 of 10 To full screen

Father’s little mouthful

 This male dusky jawfish, in the opening of his burrow off the coast of Florida, is protecting fertilised eggs in his mouth until they hatch. As photographed by Canadian Steven Kovacs.

Luciano Candisani (Brazil)
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Into the mouth of the caiman

In the shallow, murky waters of Brazil’s Pantanal (the biggest wetland in the world), motionless but alert, a yacare caiman waits, like a small tyrannosaurus’ for fish to come within snapping reach. As photographed by Brazilian Luciano Candisani.

Grégoire Bouguereau (France)
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Practice run

A female cheetah catches a gazelle in the Serengeti National Park,Tanzania but does not go for the kill. Why? Hunting lessons for her young - as photographed by Frenchman Grégoire Bouguereau.

Anna Henly (UK)
8 of 10 To full screen

Ice matters

British photographer Anna Henly was on a boat in Svalbard – an archipelago midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole – when she saw this polar bear ataround four o'clock in the morning.

Steve Winter (USA)
9 of 10 To full screen

Last look

American Steve Winter captured this picture of one of the critically endangered Sumatran tigers. As few as 400-500 of the animals remain in the wild.

Vladimir Medvedev (Russia)
10 of 10 To full screen

Life in the border zone

Russian photographer Vladimir Medvedev took this twilight roadside picture of a red deer stag in the Jasper National Park, Canada.

See the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition 2012 at the Natural History Museum, October 19 to March 3 2013.