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Wildlife Photographer of the year 2012

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Thanks to Instagram, you can make even the grottiest of leftovers look like you're dining in a Michelin-starred establishment.

In fact, since our discovery of da 'Gram, we've been feeling all kinds of smug about our shutterbug skills. That was until we spotted the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum.

Below lies the most astounding nature photography of the last year, demonstrating top snappers's' abilities to take a fantastic picture, as well as the patience to wait for the perfect shot.

The photographs included have all won the top spot in each of their various categories, with the bottom image being awarded the gong of overall Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Visitors are also able to vote on their favourite. Currently, the most popular is the fox in the snow.

Suffice to say we will no longer be showing off our fancy pictures of flat whites.

To see the full list of winners and runners-up head here.

Winner: Animal Portraits

Winner: Behaviour Birds

Winner: Behaviour Cold-Blooded Animals

Winner: Behaviour Mammals

Winner: Nature in Black & White

Winner: Botanical Realms

Winner: Creative Visions

Commended Behaviour Mammals (also current top in visitors' vote)

Winner: Urban Wildlife

Overall Winner: Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide


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