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Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2013: The Most Spectacular Pictures Of The Natural World

29/08/2013 13:54 BST | Updated 29/08/2013 14:08 BST

An adorable dugong surrounded by curious snorkellers, a crocodile battling with a green turtle and rain-soaked bedraggled lions in the Serengeti – these are just some of the stunning images released from this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

As the prestigious competition comes to a close – having attracted almost 43,000 entries from 96 countries – 100 of the best pictures are set to go display at the Natural History Museum in London.

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This stunning image of a dugong feeding in the bay of Marsa Alam, Egypt was commended by judges

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This tiny harvest mouse nibbling grain was also praised by judges

Entries are submitted in a variety of categories each year, with three categories aimed at photographers aged under 18.

Thousands of pictures are then judged by industry experts and the overall winner is announced at a ceremony at the Kensington museum in October.

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These rain-soaked lions are among the incredible entries to the competition