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Up close: Nature's wildest animals in new book

Wildlife photographer David Yarrow has released images from his new book, Encounter.

A lioness appears to smile as she gazes into the camera. Credit: David Yarrow/ Clearview/PA Wire

The self-taught photographer's tome features 87 black and white images of wildlife and people in some of the world's most remote landscapes, along with 25,000 words detailing the environmental and geo-political matters surrounding his subjects.

Polar bears and penguins having fun frolicking in the snow. Credit: David Yarrow/ Clearview/PA Wire

Yarrow is known for his patience in the field and was recently shortlisted for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award 2013.

Bull elephants approaching an unprotected remote control camera. Credit: David Yarrow/ Clearview/PA Wire

Encounter is published this month by Clearview.

These gorillas look deep in thought as they're snapped by the self-taught wildlife photographer. Credit: David Yarrow/ Clearview/PA Wire