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2013: The year in wildlife

  • Snow joke
    Japanese macaques staying warm with hot-spring pools netted Jasper Doest the Creative Visions prize in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest. (Jasper Doest)
  • Seal of approval
    Photographer Seth Casteel gets up close and personal with Kai, a 17-year-old male California sea lion at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Valejo, California. (Seth Casteel)
  • Lake of death
    Tanzania's Lake Natron is so alkaline that it kills and preserves fauna, including lesser flamingos that breed near the inhospitable environment. (Nick Brandt)
  • Beak to beak
    A pair of Indian parrot hatchlings embrace after being caught in a forest by a local hunter and offered for sale in the north-eastern Indian state of Nagaland. (Getty Images)
  • Close encounter
    Photographer Hannes Lochner spent three-and-a-half years in the Kalahari Desert capturing wildlife for his book The Dark Side of the Kalahari. (Hannes Lochner)
  • Jumping giant
    A whale leaps to the surface off the coast of Libreville in Gabon (Stephane Berry/Getty Images)
  • Light sting
    A Yellow Scorpion eats his prey as it glows in the dark near Sde Boker in the Negev Desert, Israel. (Getty Images)
  • Winging entry, part 2
    This haunting microscopy image of a black mastiff bat embryo (Molossus rufus) earned Dorit Hockman second prixe in this year’s Olympus BioScapes competition. (Dorit Hockman)
  • Winging entry, part 1
    James Amess’s image of a great tit in flight won the Wildpix Young People's 12-18 Award in the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2013. (Joseph Amess)
  • First moments
    The BBC documentary Refugees Of The Lost Rain Forest showed never-before-seen footage of a Sumatran orangutan birth. (Press Association)
From lakes of death to the first moments of life, get up close and personal with our ten favourite images of nature at its most stunning.

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