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Commended, Creative Visions: 'Magic Mushroom' by Agorastos Papatsanis, Greece. The taller of these two parasol mushrooms is just 30 centimetres. That is tall for a parasol, but their prominence against the tree trunks behind is a slight optical illusion, the result of a double exposure, in-camera. Agorastos found the fungi growing in woodland in the Grevena region of Greece, and was fascinated by the subtle browns of the scales of their ‘skins’ and their relationship to each other. Photographing them from ground level, he chose to expose separately for the young spruce trees, using their trunks as a frame for the emerging fruiting bodies, and to set them against the backdrop of light coming through the autumn leaves at the woodland edge. What he wanted to capture was the fairytale feel of the scene. ‘Nature is the true designer,’ he says. (Agorastos Papatsanis/Greece)

Commended, Creative Visions: 'Magic Mushroom' by Agorastos Papatsanis, Greece. The taller of these two parasol mushrooms is just 30 centimetres. That is tall for a parasol, but their prominence against the tree trunks behind is a slight optical illusion, the result of a double exposure, in-camera. Agorastos found the fungi growing in woodland in the Grevena region of Greece, and was fascinated by the subtle browns of the scales of their ‘skins’ and their relationship to each other. Photographing them from ground level, he chose to expose separately for the young spruce trees, using their trunks as a frame for the emerging fruiting bodies, and to set them against the backdrop of light coming through the autumn leaves at the woodland edge. What he wanted to capture was the fairytale feel of the scene. ‘Nature is the true designer,’ he says. (Agorastos Papatsanis/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)

Twin gorillas and soaked lions: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

Soaking wet lions in the Serengeti, toads emerging from the water and a

bear catching his dinner are just some of the stunning pictures

recognised by the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards. The

competition, now in its 49th year, attracted 43,000 entries from 96

countries around the world. The unique insight into the natural world

will be on exhibition at the Natural History Museum in partnership with

BBC Worldwide from October 18. Take a look at the commended and

specially commended images...