A hungry otter, a startled squirrel and an inquisitive badger: Stunning images show the mesmerising beauty of British wildlife

These stunning images capture the sheer beauty and diversity of British wildlife.

And they might prove to be inspiration for budding photographers wanting to enter this year’s prestigious British Wildlife Photography Awards, now in its 10th year.

That’s because the fascinating photos were all entered into the contest last year and received commendations from the judging panel. As you can see, the standard is exceptional. 

There are just a matter of weeks before the 2019 competition closes on April 6. The top prize is £5,000 and there are 17 categories.

This year, to help raise awareness of the British coast, its biodiversity and the threats it is facing, the awards has expanded the coast and marine category to include British and Irish coastlines within four separate categories – Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland and the coast of Ireland.  

To see the calibre of photography that the British Wildlife Photography Awards attracts you can buy a superb coffee table book called British Wildlife Photography Awards 9 (Ammonite Press), which showcases the best 2018 entries. And you can simply scroll down to see an eye-catching selection the publisher has released to MailOnline Travel. Prepared to be wowed…  

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