(ANIMAL PICTURES/WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY) London’s Natural History Museum and BBC host a Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition every year. This year had over 40,000 incredible entries and the committee picked their top 50 photographs depicting various species in the wild including birds, penguins, cheetahs, lions, kangaroos, and many more.

Check out some of our favorite photographs in the stunning gallery below. — Global Animal

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'Australian Sea Lion Pups.' Photo Credit: Michael Patrick O'Neill
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'Bad Hair.' Photo Credit: Gordon Illg
'Caiman Night.' Photo Credit: Luciano Candisani
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'Dawn Lift-Off.' Photo Credit: Jack Dykinga
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'Facebook Update.' Photo Credit: Marsel van Oosten
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'Flirting Bearded Seal.' Photo Credit: Audun Rikardsen
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'Great Peacock Moth Caterpillar.' Photo Credit: Leela Channer
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'Heavy Rain.' Photo Credit: Pierluigi Rizzato
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"King Penguins and Fur Seals.' Photo Credit: Denise Ippolito
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'Piraputangus.' Photo Credit: Adriana Basques
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'Red Deer and Cranes.' Photo Credit: Marek Kosinski
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'Red Kangaroos at Waterhole.' Photo Credit: Theo Allofs
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'Shoulder Check.' Photo Credit: Henrik Nilsson
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'What's This.' Photo Credit: Peter Mather
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'Yellow-Necked Mouse.' Photo Credit: Carsten Braun
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'Stretching.' Photo Credit: Stephen Tuengler

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