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Commended, Animal Portraits: 'Eye of a Toad' by Lukasz Bozycki, Poland. Early spring sees a pond near Łukasz’s home city of Warsaw, Poland, full of mating frogs and a few toads. On this March day, Łukasz shared the pond with them for an evening, sitting in the icy water in his chest-high waders, keeping as still as possible, despite the numbing cold, so that the amphibians could get used to him. ‘I wanted to find a fresh way of portraying the amphibians,’ he says, ‘at water level.’ Using a telephoto lens, he focused on one lone toad and waited for the sun to dip almost below the horizon before pressing the shutter, using flash to bring out the details in the shadow. His prize was ‘the glorious pool of sunset colour’ and fiery glow of the toad’s eye. (Lukasz Bozycki/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)

Commended, Animal Portraits: 'Eye of a Toad' by Lukasz Bozycki, Poland. Early spring sees a pond near Łukasz’s home city of Warsaw, Poland, full of mating frogs and a few toads. On this March day, Łukasz shared the pond with them for an evening, sitting in the icy water in his chest-high waders, keeping as still as possible, despite the numbing cold, so that the amphibians could get used to him. ‘I wanted to find a fresh way of portraying the amphibians,’ he says, ‘at water level.’ Using a telephoto lens, he focused on one lone toad and waited for the sun to dip almost below the horizon before pressing the shutter, using flash to bring out the details in the shadow. His prize was ‘the glorious pool of sunset colour’ and fiery glow of the toad’s eye. (Lukasz Bozycki/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...