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

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Commended, The World in Our Hands: 'The pull of a dugong' by Douglas Seifert, USA. When a dugong is feeding in the bay of Marsa Alam, Egypt, snorkellers flock to see it. On this occasion, Douglas found himself watching the snorkelers as more and more of them hassled it until it fled for the open sea. These tourists would undoubtedly agree that without dugongs the world would be a poorer place, but without control of the numbers and behaviour of snorkellers and divers, they only add to the pressure faced by the dugongs, just seven of which are known to live along the 100km coastline. The real problem is urbanisation of the coast, which is destroying the seagrass beds the dugongs depend on. What is urgently needed are controls on development and recognition of the value of the dugongs to tourism. (Douglas Seifert/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)

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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...

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