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In Pictures: British Wildlife Photography Awards

The 2014 British Wildlife Photography Awards have been selected from thousands of entries, with a brooding shot of a greylag goose under a stormy London sky named the overall winner.

It was taken by the River Thames by Lee Acaster from Wortham in Suffolk, capturing the Shard in the background.

Acaster, who won the urban wildlife category and the £5000 top prize, called it a "real privilege" to be able to get so close to the wild bird.

"I vividly remember the excitement I felt as she patiently waited for me to get the shot, and I knew immediately this was a once in a lifetime opportunity," he said.

"I'm just grateful that she didn't lose interest as quickly as my children do when I'm taking photographs of them."

Judges awarded prizes in 16 categories. A Life At Sea For Nesting Gannets was taken in the Shetland Isles by Ruth Asher, from Cholsey, Oxfordshire and won the habitat category.

This picture of an otter capturing a puffin was taken in the Shetland Isles by Richard Shucksmith from Shetland. It won the animal behaviour category.

This year's coast and marine category was won by Alexander Mustard from Peterborough, with this shot taken in Cornwall, called Big Blues, Blue Sharks. He also won the British nature in black and white category, with the shot below on the left, called Blue on Black.

The centre image of a shag resting was taken in Northumberland by Steven Fairbrother from Derby and won the animal portraits category, while the category called hidden Britain was won by this picture of a gnat on a window, taken by Susie Hewitt from Belfast.

Peter Cairns, from the Cairngorms, won the wild woods category with this colourful shot called Autumn Jewels, Woodland, Cairngorms. Other winners included a photo of hares in Derbyshire through the seasons and a documentary portfolio of images of hazel dormouse monitoring.

The under 12 category of the WildPix Young People's Awards went to 11-year-old William Bowcutt, from Lutterworth, Leicestershire for his photo Dipper With Grubs - taken in Dumfries. Year 5 and 6 pupils at Michael Drayton Junior School, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, won the school award for a series of pictures including a ladybird and bluebells.

This shot of a fox on the prowl in South London was taken by Joshua Burch, 16, from Carshalton, Sutton and won the 12 to 18-year-old category. The photograph of a grey seal claw (centre) taken in Lincolnshire won the close to nature category for Jim Greenfield from Harrogate, North Yorkshire. The botanical Britain category was won by this shot of an overgrown telephone box, taken by Londoner Philip Braude.

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