The finalists for the annual Sony World Photography Awards shortlist have been announced, and the judges appear to be especially fond of breathtaking wildlife images from around the globe. From stunning portraits of baby orangutans to a hyper zoomed-in shot of insect interaction, here are some of the best animal images from this year's competition.
"Jump of Life" by Bonnie Cheung (Hong Kong): An intense climax to the wildebeests' annual summer migration.
"The Knight and His Steed" by Nicolas Reusens (Spain): Reusens specializes in macro images of wildlife, and his "controlled natural" images are fascinating and beautiful.
"What are you staring at !?" by Chin Boon Leng (Singapore): A baby orangutan stares at the camera from its mother's protective embrace.
"The Cold Pony" by Gert van den Bosch (Netherlands): According to the photographer, when he looks at this shot of a horse in the snow "the cold is almost real."
"Camelo" by Anthony Fernandez (Philippines): A camel in dramatic, Caravaggio-style chiaroscuro.
"See Thru" by Lessy Sebastian (Indonesia): The photographer is known for taking snapshots of tiny, unique frogs, but this year he snapped this striking image of a lizard on a transparent leaf.
"White Tiger" by Jameel Hamidou (Singapore): This Bengal tiger -- which is not, as the photo makes it appear, actually white -- waits in a pond for a snack.