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‘Ready Set Go’

This perfectly timed image was the overall winner of this year’s ZSL animal photography competition, entered into the Weird and Wonderful category. (Image: ZSL/Pratik Pradhan)

Wonderful wildlife: The winners of the ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2016

These are the stunning entries in the Zoological Society of London (ZSL)’s fifth annual wildlife photography competition.

Chosen for their dazzling ability to depict raw animal instincts, the shots include an incredibly timed image of a rhino roaring at sunset and a bird catching a fish.

Achieving these shots is not a quick job, as overall winner Pratik Pradhan proved in his photograph of a fan-throated lizard, which took a staggering three years to capture.

More than 3,000 entries from adult and junior photographers were submitted into six categories including ‘Weird and Wonderful’ and ‘Catch Me If You Can’.

ZSL’s director general, Ralph Armond said: ‘The ZSL Animal Photography Prize encourages photographers to capture the very essence of the animal kingdom and all its beauty, and the diversity of wildlife portrayed in the entries we’ve received has been so inspiring.’