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Nature’s Finest: See the Finalists for Wildlife Photographer of the Year

An arctic fox, playful bears and a confused seahorse were among the animals captured by the finalists in this year's wildlife competition.

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Clown Anemonefish peek out from an anemone's tentacles in the waters of the Lembeh Strait, Indonesia. Each Anemonefish has an extra pair of eyes in its mouth, those of a parasitic isopod.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year finalists were selected from some 50,000 entries and the overall winners will be announced on Oct. 17. London's Natural History Museum, which organizes the competition, will host an exhibition of the best entries.

Qing Lin / 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The Power of the Matriarch

A female African elephant treks to its evening waterhole in Kenya's Maasai Mara. 

David Lloyd / 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Swim Gym

Mother and pup Weddell seals play beneath the ice in east Antarctica. 

Laurent Ballesta / 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Arctic Treasure

An Arctic fox carries an egg, the spoils from a raid on a snow goose nest, Wrangel Island, Russia.

Sergey Gorshkov / 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Sewage Surfer

A small sea horse grabs onto a waterlogged plastic cotton bud in order to navigate the currents surrounding Sumbawa Island, Indonesia. 

Justin Hofman / 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Saved But Caged

A six-month-old Sumatran tiger cub recovers form surgery to remove its back leg after it was caught in a snare in the rain forest of Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

Steve Winter / 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Romance Among the Angels

Sea angels prepare to copulate in the Sea of Okhotsk, Russia. 

Andrey Narchuk / 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Resplendent Delivery

A pair of resplendent quetzals deliver fruits, insets and the occasional lizard to their two chicks in the Costa Rican cloud forest of San Gerardo de Dota. 

Tyohar Kastiel / 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Glimpse of a Lynx

An Iberian lynx relaxes in the forests of the Sierra de Andujar natural park in Spain. 

Laura Albiac Vilas / 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Bold Eagle

A bald eagle is soaked by constant rain in Dutch Harbor, Amaknak Island, Alaska.

Klaus Nigge / 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Saguaro Twist

Early morning light hits frost damaged saguaro cacti at the Sonoran Desert National Monument in the South Maricopa Mountains Wilderness, Arizona.

Jack Dykinga / 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Bear Hug 

An Alaskan brown bear cub wants to play after fishing for clams with its mother in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. 

Ashleigh Scully / 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winter Pause

A red squirrel pauses to close its eyes and rub its paws together before resuming its hunt for food, Sweden. 

Mats Andersson / 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year