Natural images of the natural world can be captured to draw attention to crises, highlight important environmental issues, or simply fascinate us as they reveal the most exotic and beautiful creatures in the world.
The images of animals that attract attention can also capture photographers fame and some luck. Each year, the Natural History Museum in London crowns lucky images of the wildlife photographer of the year. The award recognizes international recognition and cash prizes of up to £ 10,000. (The judges also award the world's best young wildlife photographer under the age of 18).
The images that have drawn up the list of winners and finalists this year portray the mother of a gorilla mourning her dead child, Batom found a haven in a noisy urban spot, and Flamingo Caribbean birds behind the wheel of a car.
The Grand Prix went to Marcel van Austen of the Netherlands, who picked up an amazing shot of a pair of monkeys in the mountains of China.
Take a look at those pictures and other stunning images of the finest monsters in the world of the 2018 contest.