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First look at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 finalists; David Sim; IB Times

Russia – Natural System of Wrangel Island Reserve

A snarling tiger cub, playful brown bears and a tiny seahorse clinging to a cotton bud are among the beautiful photos on this year’s shortlist.

The first images by finalists in the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition have been revealed. Now in its 53rd year, the contest attracted almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 92 countries. The 100 finalists will go on show from 20 October at the Natural History Museum in London, which runs the annual competition.

Finalist, The Wildlife Photojournalist Award, Single Image: Sewage Surfer by Justin Hofman, USA. Seahorses hitch rides on the currents by grabbing floating objects such as seaweed with their delicate prehensile tails. Justin watched with delight as this tiny estuary seahorse ‘almost hopped’ from one bit of bouncing natural debris to the next, bobbing around near the surface on a reef near Sumbawa Island, Indonesia.

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