'Bubble-jetting emperors' by Paul Nicklen, the overall winner of 2012's competition.
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV + 8-15mm f4 lens; 1/1000 sec at f7.1; ISO 500; Seacam housing.
The countdown to find the planet’s best photographs is now on, as the competition for the 2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year closes for entries on 25 February.
Amateur and professional photographers alike can submit images into18 categories, with three categories specifically for those aged 17 and under. To be in with a chance of seizing one of the coveted titles and a share in the £30,000 prize pot, photographers should submit imagery that shows creativity, artistry and technical excellence to breath-taking effect.
Photographers looking for inspiration and visitors who want to be amazed can check out this year’s stunning collection of imagery at the exhibition which is closing at the Natural History Museum in London on 3 March, whilst continuing its global and UK tour.
2012 overall winner Paul Nicklen’s Bubble-jetting emperors is a beautiful display of underwater chaos, as emperor penguins hurtle towards the surface.
To enter the 2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition or for tickets to the 2012 exhibition please visit the Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year website
. The competition closes on 25 february at 6pm GMT.