Danielle LeVee, Global Animal

The Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest is an international showcase for the very best nature photography. The contest is jointly owned by the Natural History Museum Trading Company Limited and BBC Worldwide Limited and sponsored by Veolia Environnement UK Limited. The competition strives to foster “the discovery, understanding, and responsible enjoyment of the natural world.”

The contest wonderfully draws together the best animal and nature photography from across the globe. Almost 48,000 images were submitted to be judged last year. From now until March, the 100 image winners are exhibited at the Natural History Museum in London.

These photos are definitely worth a few minutes of your time. The beauty and energy that these photographers are able to capture through their lenses is astonishing.  These amazing photos give viewers the opportunity to experience beautiful moments in time that would otherwise be unknown. 

To see some of the incredible photos from this year’s contest visit the Veolia Environment Environmental Photography Gallery.  

A mass of emperor penguins charging upwards at the edge of the frozen area of the Ross Sea, Antarctica. Photo Credit: Paul Nicklen, Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

To enter the 2013 competition register at www.wildlifephotographeroftheyear.com. Submit photos between  December 12, 2012 and February 22, 2013.