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We always know that we're in for a treat when The Wildlife Photographer of the Year finalists are released. Now in it's fifty second year, the competition has chosen some awesome images from the animal kingdom.

This year's contest received almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries, with a pen cutting that number down to just eleven, through judging them on their creativity, originality and technical excellence.

We particularly love the orca underneath the Norwegian fishing boat and the curious London fox. Have a look through all of them to find your favourite....

The 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will open at the Natural History Museum in London on Friday October 21.

Splitting The Catch By Audun Rikardsen, Norway

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Swarming Under The Stars By Imre Potyó, Hungary

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The Disappearing Fish By Iago Leonardo, Spain

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Playing Pangolin By Lance Van De Vyver, New Zealand/South Africa

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Collective courtship: By Scott Portelli, from Australia

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Crystal Precision By Mario Cea, Spain

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Golden relic: By Dhyey Shah of India

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Thistle-plucker: By Isaac Aylward, of the UK

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Nosy neighbour: By Sam Hobson, from the UK

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Blast Furnace By Alexandre Hec, France

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Termite tossing: By Willem Kruger, from South Africa.

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