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

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Commended: 'Twin Hope' by Diana Rebman. The hike to the mountain gorillas was particularly arduous that day. ‘Consistent rain made the ground very slippery,’ says Diana, ‘and the hillside was so steep it felt vertical.’ The gorilla group ahead finally settled to feed. ‘What made all the physical effort worth it was to see the mother with her two babies.’ This is only the fifth set of twins ever to be reported in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. The mother was a natural with her six-month-old infants, nursing them while feeding herself. When the silverback leader of the group chased her from a nettle patch, she vocalised at him, loudly, but moved on. ‘In this picture, she is still tense from the encounter’, says Diana, ‘and continues to glance across at him while she eats. Her twins, in the comfort of their mother’s strong arms, appear blissfully ignorant.’ The twins’ future, though, remains uncertain. The mountain gorilla is officially listed as critically endangered. Habitat loss, poaching and disease are still threats, and the gorillas are also at risk from warring rebel factions active in their range, affecting not only the animals but also the rangers and the tourism revenue that funds their protection. (Diana Rebman/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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