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Seahorse tugging a cotton bud among 2017's best wildlife images

A pensive squirrel, synchronised dancing seals and a seahorse tugging a cotton bud have been chosen as among the year's best wildlife images.

'Sewage surfer' by Justin Hofman Credit: Natural History Museum

Finalists of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year were selected from around 50,000 entries - and the overall winners will be announced on October 17.

'The Insiders', by Qing Lin Credit: Natural History Museum

The annual competition which is in its 53rd year showcases the diversity of life on Earth. The Natural History Museum says winning pictures are selected for their "creativity, originality and technical excellence".

'Winter Pause', by Mats Andersson Credit: Natural History Museum

The museum, in Kensington, west London, runs the contest and will host an exhibition of the best entries from Friday October 20 until spring next year.

'Arctic Treasure', by Sergey Gorshkov Credit: Natural History Museum

As we contemplate our critical role in Earth's future, the images show the astonishing diversity of life on our planet and the crucial need to shape a more sustainable future.

– Natural History Museum

Here a few other the other finalists...

The Power of the Matriarch', by David Lloyd Credit: Natural History Museum
'Saguaro Twist', by Jack Dykinga Credit: Natural History Museum
Saved But Caged', by Steve Winter Credit: Natural History Museum
'Bold Eagle', by Klaus Nigge Credit: Natural History Museum
'Resplendent Delivery', by Tyohar Kastiel Credit: Natural History Museum
Swim Gym', by Laurent Ballesta Credit: Natural History Museum
'Glimpse of a Lynx', by Laura Albiac Vilas Credit: Natural History Museum
'Bear Hug', by Ashleigh Scully Credit: Natural History Museum
'Romance Among The Angels' by Andrey Narchuk Credit: Natural History Museum