From: Esquire UK.
With this year's theme being 'society's interactions with the natural world', the winners of the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year have been revealed.
"A vital story is captured in one remarkable frame as this orangutan climbs this emergent tree in its ever-dwindling habitat. The story is well-known but we need outstanding photography like this to bring it across to us afresh. It touches our hearts and our minds—and just might help actions to stop the destructions." — Lewis Blackwell, chair of the jury.
2015 brought drought and extensive forest fires to the Borneo rainforest, causing orangutan habits to be destroyed along with more than 21,000 square kilometres of rainforest.
On a Borneo riverbank, an orangutan and her young seek refuge from the burning forest.
Orphaned by the forest fires, young orangutans are taken to a rescue centre in Borneo.
A silhouette of a crow taken a dusk in London's Valentine's Park.
Paul Hilton's image of 4,000 defrosting pangolins from one of the largest seizures of the animal on record. They were to be shipped to China and Taiwan for the exotic meat trade or traditional medicine use.
An Indian rose-ringed parakeet attempts to pull a Bengal monitor lizard from its nest.
Showers of pollen are released from these hazel tree flowers with each gust of wind.
A leopard slips through an alleyway that borders on a national park in Mumbai.
A nighttime shot of a Eurasian pygmy owl taken in Sweden. They are Europe's smallest owls at just seven inches tall.
Thousands of spotted snappers gather around Palau in the western Pacific Ocean.
A young sea lion toys with a star fish off the coast of California.