Check Out the Winning Images of the 2016 British Wildlife Photography Awards

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The British Wildlife Photography Awards announced the winners of their 2016 competition on Thursday. The 15 winning photographs are chosen from thousands of entries from both amateur and professional photographers, and these winning images are absolutely stunning.

Most of the winning and runner-up images are displayed in the gallery above for your viewing pleasure with the overall winning image below.

“Hitchhikers,” the overall winner is from George Stoyle, and is of a lion’s mane jellyfish off the Island of Hirta in Scotland, taken while working on a project assessing the biological status of major sea caves.

“At the end of one of the dives I was swimming back to the boat when I came face to ‘face’ with the largest jellyfish I’d ever encountered,” said Stoyle. “As I approached cautiously I noticed a number of juvenile fish had taken refuge inside the stinging tentacles.”

Source: George Stoyle

Source: George Stoyle

“This year’s winning image is a striking example of the natural beauty and variety of life we have within and around our shores, as well as the skill and artistry of our wildlife photographers. The photo exquisitely captures the voluptuous frills and folds, and kaleidoscope colors of this giant jellyfish. But it’s the jelly’s Piscean ‘stowaways’ that make this picture, a shoal of shimmering, glistening juvenile fish finding safe harbor amongst the tangle of tentacles,” said David Nussbaum, chief executive of World Wildlife Fund-UK, sponsor of the Coast and Marine category.

Founded in 2009, the British Wildlife Photography Awards is an annual competition featuring images of wild species and their habitats in the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. The 2017 Awards open next February.

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