The winner of Wildlife Photographer of the Year has been announced.
It was a photo of two adult male lions, thought to be brothers, nuzzling together which earned the winner the title.
David Lloyd took the photo as the animals greeted each other by rubbing faces for about 30 seconds.
He said: ‘I’m so pleased that this image did well because it illustrates the emotion and feeling of animals and emphasises that this is not limited to humans.
‘It is something I think more people need to be aware of for the sake of all animals.’
The shortlist was wittled down from more than 45,000 entries by Natural History Museum, London, which is exhibiting the final 25 photographs until the end of June.
In addition to the winner, these four ‘Highly Commended’ images only just missed the top spot:
Four other photographers were highly commended by the judges, including Wim Van Den Heever who took this shot called Three Kings.
It shows a photo of king penguins enjoying themselves on a beach in the Falkland Islands, just as the sun was rising.
One Toy, Three Dogs
The competition has been running now for 54 years.
Bence Mate took this photo, showing African Wild Dogs playing with a bone. They’re brothers and only puppies and love playing all day long.
Fox meets fox
The 2018 competition attracted more than 45,000 entries from professionals and amateurs from 95 countries, including Malta.
Matthew Maran took this photo of a fox passing by some street art in north London.
A Polar Bear’s Struggle
This photo was also highly commended in the People’s Choice Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award.
Justin Hofman took this photo in the Canadian Arctic as the animal struggled to find food.
With little ice to move around on, the bear was finding it difficult to find prey.
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