"I noted this baboon sitting and facing the sun with his eyes closed," wrote photographer Davide Gaglio of his entry, A baboon gets lost in his thoughts. "Once I was close enough, and without distracting him, he put one hand under his face, posing as though he was lost in his thoughts."
Other competition finalists say just as much about our relationship with animals as they do about the natural world itself. According to Martha M. Robbins, her photo Ancestry. Dominance. Endangered. shows both "the strength and power of gorillas" and "their vulnerability due to the pressures put on their world by humans."