The overall winning image by Ben Osborne.
Held annually, the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition aims to find the best announced wildlife pictures taken by photographers worldwide, and to inspire them to visionary and expressive interpretations of nature.
This years overall winner is the UK's Ben Osborne, who fought off over 32,000 entries from photographers in 78 countries to become the Shell wildlife Photographer of the year with his image of an elephant in Botswana. As well as the title of Wildlife Photographer of the year 2007, Ben will receive a cheque for £10,000, presented at a special awards ceremony in London.
All the winning and commended photographs will go on display at the Natural History Museum, London, from 26th October 2007 until spring 2008. The exhibition then tours the UK, as well as many countries overseas. All the winning and commended images are also published in a commemorative hardback book, Portfolio 17 and in a souvenir supplement free with the November issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008 will be open for entries from January 2008.