Winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014

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The winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 have just been announced, and as you would expect they are nothing short of amazing. The competition is hosted by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide and this year received over 42,000 photographs from around the world.

The top prize was won by Michael 'Nick' Nichols for his photographs of lions sleeping in the Serengeti. To capture the photograph a special infared camera was used. You can check out that photograph below as well as all the finalist and category winners.

Winner, Mammals

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The Mouse, the Moon and the Mosquito by Alexander Badyaev, Russia/USA

Finalist, Mammals

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Creative Dining by Brian Skerry, USA

Finalist, Mammals

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Fleeing the Flames by Greg Du Toit, South Africa

Winner, Birds

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Herons in Time and Space by Bence Máté, Hungary

Finalist, Birds

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Night of the Pelicans by Greg Du Toit, South Africa

Finalist, Birds

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Feral Spirits by Sam Hobson, United Kingdom

Winner, Amphibians and Reptiles

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Divine Snake by Raviprakash S S, India

Finalist, Amphibians and Reptiles

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The Great Arrival by Sergio Pucci, Costa Rica

Finalist, Amphibians and Reptiles

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Big Daddy by Yukihiro Fukuda, Japan

Winner, Invertebrates

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Night of the Deadly Lights by Ary Bassous, Brazil

Finalist, Invertebrates

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You Have Been Warned by Alex Mustard, United Kingdom

Finalist, Invertebrates

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Sailing by Matthew Smith, United Kingdom/ Australia

Winner, Plants and Fungi

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Glimpse of the Underworld by Christian Vizl

Finalist Plants and Fungi

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Beach Guardian by Mac Stone, USA

Finalist Plants and Fungi

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Golden Birch by Herfried Marek, Austria

Finalist Plants and Fungi

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Snow Stand by Silvio Tavolaro, Italy

Winner, Underwater Specis

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Passing Giants by Indra Swari Wonowidjojo, Indonesia

Finalist, Underwater Specis

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Little Squid by Fabien Michenet, France

Finalist, Underwater Specis

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Jelly Fireworks by Geo Cloete, South Africa

Winner, Earth's Environments

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Apocalypse by Francisco Negroni, Chile

Finalist, Earth's Environments

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Ice Land by Alessandro Carboni, Italy

Finalist, Earth's Environments

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Magic Mountain by David Clapp, United Kingdom

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014, Winner, Black and White

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The Last Great Picture by Michael 'Nick' Nichols, USA

Finalist, Black and White

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Ray Rhythm by Pedro Carrillo, Spain

Winner, Natural Design

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The Cardinal Sparks by Patrik Bartuska, Czech Republic

Finalist, Natural Design

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Cool Heat by Juan Jesus Gonzalez Ahumada, Spain

Finalist, Natural Design

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The Tracheal Tree by David Maitland, United Kingdom

Winner, World in Our Hands

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The Price They Pay by Bruno D'Amicis, Italy

Winner, Special Award: Rising Star Portfolio Award

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Feather Heavy by Michel d'Oultremont, Belgium

Winner, Special Award: People's Choice

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Facebook Update by Marsel van Oosten, The Netherlands

Finalist, 11-14 Years

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Green Dragon by Will Jenkins, United Kingdom

Finalist, 11-14 Years

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Owlets United by Sitara Karthikeyan, India

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