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