A shortlist of 31 shots have been selected from thousands of entries ahead of an exclusive ceremony to announce the winners of this year's RSPCA Young Photographer Awards.
The varied mix of images range from an oryx in the shadow of a giant sand dune to a mischievous dog covered in sand and an ant snuggled into a flower petal.
TV presenter and RSPCA Vice President Chris Packham is on the judging panel and the winners will be announced at the RSPCA’s offices in Southwater, Horsham.
Chris said: "It is always a joy to be involved in this competition and seeing both the young talent and enthusiasm for the animal kingdom shine through. One of the things I love about it most is that young people tend to use the resources on their doorstep. A lot of adults feel they have to go to Africa and photograph a leopard or something, but kids do not have these options. Most of them have no choice but to stick to their back yard and as a result we see really simple but often very beautiful pictures of garden wildlife like flies, spiders and ants."
For more information visit the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards website