Most photographers in the industry will have an established niche that they plough all of their talent into; for some it’s portraits, for some it’s food and for some it’s even paparazzi. However, one of the most exotic types of photographer is the one that walks with the animals; the wildlife photographer.

Prestigious competition ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’, now in its 49th year, has recently announced its 2013 winners alongside their fabulous photographs.

A gargantuan 43,000 photos were submitted into the competition, coming from 96 different countries, meaning the competition was stiff to say the least.

Overall winner Greg du Toit’s image ‘Essence of Elephants’ is a breathtakingly beautiful azure shot of elephants around the watering hole; embodying a sense of just how magnificent these animals are.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year winning image by Greg du Toit

‘Essence of Elephants’ by Greg du Toit

As a competition, Wildlife Photographer of the Year aims to use the power of photography to promote the discovery, understanding and responsible enjoyment of the natural world.

Co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide, the competition falls into line with their ideas of revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth; just being shortlisted is a massive aspiration for photographers across the world and the competition attracts established names alongside fresh talent.

An international jury of photography experts painstakingly analyse the thousands of entries in order to come to an agreement as to who deserves the winning spot.

The images can all be viewed at the Natural History Museum until 23 March 2014.

Other notable entries that we at the Photography School London loved  include:

15-17 years- Runner Up Etienne Francey from Switzerland

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Animals in their Environment Winner- Paul Souders from USA

Polar Bear, Hudson Bay, Canada

Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year- Udayan Rao Pawar from India

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Portfolio Award Winner- Connor Stefanison from Canada

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The 50th annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards will open for entries on 9th December 2013 for 12 weeks, with further details set to be released soon.

What was your favourite entry? Tell us in the comments box below!