The National History Museum in London has announced the winners of its annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award for 2016. Entrants were challenged to tell a visual story in just six frames portraying the frail relationship between humans and the animal kingdom, and this year's winners certainly didn't disappoint.
American photographer Tim Laman has won the overall award for his entry, "Entwined lives," (slide one) which features a critically endangered Bornean orangutan climbing high above the Indonesian rainforest. Laman had to do three days of arduous climbing to position a series of GoPro cameras that he could trigger remotely.
"Protecting their remaining habitat is critical for orangutans to survive," Mr Laman said. "If we want to preserve a great ape that retains its vast culturally transmitted knowledge of how to survive in the rainforest and the full richness of wild orangutan behaviour, then we need to protect orangutans in the wild, now."
Laman beat almost 50,000 entries from 95 countries, and the reward for doing so will mean his image will be on show with 99 other shots selected by an international panel of judges at the 52nd annual exhibition. Scroll through the images above to see the other winning entries.
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