The weird and wonderful of the animal world have been celebrated in this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards.
The entries ranged from an infestation of spiders to fighting fish, an inquisitive elephant and a serene gorilla.
In the end the winner was French biologist and underwater photographer Laurent Ballesta who captured camouflage grouper fish swimming about in a cloud of eggs and sperm.
The magical moment only occurs around the full moon in July so it took his team five years of diving into a lagoon day and night to ensure they did not miss the annual spawning.
He took the snap in Fakarava, French Polynesia.
His photo was chosen from more than 50,000 images from 95 countries.
Chairwoman of the judging panel, Rosamund Kidman Cox, said: “The image works on so many levels. It is surprising, energetic and intriguing, and has an otherworldly beauty.
“It also captures a magical moment – a truly explosive creation of life – leaving the tail-end of the exodus of eggs hanging for a moment like a symbolic question mark.”
Here are some of the other entries:
Meanwhile, 10-year-old Vidyun R Hebbar was named Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Vidyun's image, Dome home, shows a tent spider as a tuk-tuk passes.
The competition had 19 categories in total.
There were three new categories this year, including Oceans – The Bigger Picture and Wetlands – The Bigger Picture.
A total of 100 images from the competition will displayed at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum.
The exhibition opens on October 15, and will tour across the UK and internationally.