'The couple' – Sergio Sarta, Italy. During a dive off the coast of Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia, Sergio was finning across a volcanic, dark grey, sandy seabed when suddenly, he saw a bright-colored organism – a fire urchin with an elegant couple of little Coleman shrimps. The fire urchin has quills that are very toxic to humans – the shrimps avoid this danger by seeking out safe areas between the quills.

Vote for your Wildlife Photographer of the Year!

Photo by Sergio Sarta / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

TRVL News Vote for your Wildlife Photographer of the Year!

Remember a few weeks ago we featured the image of a Bornean orangutan that won Tim Laman the prize of Wildlife Photographer of the Year? Well, now you've got the chance to have your say and vote for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice award.

James Hiam
James Hiam Editor

The Natural History Museum, which organizes the competition, has picked the 25 best, most inspiring images from the nearly 50,000 submissions it received this year. There's a trio of emperor penguin chicks standing strong in the midst of a snowstorm, a crocodile about to clamp its toothy jaws down on breakfast, a kingfisher diving into a natural pond with his immaculate reflection wonderfully captured – the shortlisted photos are simply a joy to behold and make picking a favorite a difficult but thoroughly enjoyable task.

You can see all 25 shortlisted photos by clicking and flicking your way through the gallery below. There's no need to hurry: voting doesn't close until January 10th, 2017, which leaves you with plenty of time to make your choice. Besides, these photos are so good that going back for a second look is to only be encouraged!

Once you think you've settled on your favorite, simply click here to cast your vote. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is currently on display at the museum and runs until September 10th, 2017.

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