'Slowest sprinter' by Vaclav Krpelik , Adult winner, Deep and Meaningful category, 2013.
A competition and prize fund established to seek out the world’s most incredible animal photography is back, as the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) today launches the ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2014.
Now in its third year, organisers are expecting a high calibre of entries from around the world for the wildlife photography competition, which will be judged by television presenter Kate Humble, and ornithologist Bill Oddie.
The ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2014 features six categories for adult and junior entrants, including Last Chance to See, putting the focus on endangered and threatened species and Size Matters for the little and large members of the animal kingdom.
With a £10k prize fund, the competition also puts winning photographers in with the chance of having their image displayed in a striking exhibition, which will be on display at ZSL London Zoo this autumn.
ZSL Director General Ralph Armond said: "We have been genuinely astounded by the wonderful images submitted to the ZSL Animal Photography Prize, and I simply cannot wait to see the entries into this year’s competition.
At ZSL, we know that people love animals, but this competition has proved to us that our wildlife – be it a magnificent blue whale or a dancing butterfly – provides an infinite source of marvel for people from around the world.
Animals across the planet are facing ever increasing threats to their survival, from illegal wildlife trade to complete habitat loss, and as an international conservation charity, we know that raising awareness is crucial in helping to save them.
The ZSL Animal Photography Prize gives us the opportunity to inspire more and more people to seek out the wonders of the animal kingdom, and invite them to share in our passion for wildlife".
Aiming to inspire photographers of all abilities to explore the wonders of the animal kingdom, the competition closes on 1 April 2014. To enter the ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2014, visit the ZSL photography prize page