The first group of finalists in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 competition have been revealed.
A curious fox cub, an inquisitive orca and a hungry hornbill devouring an insect round out the first group of images released by organisers of the annual global competition.
This year’s competition drew some 50,000 entries from professional and amateur photographers across 95 countries.
The overall winners from each category, along with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 crown, will be revealed on 18 October.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London, and an exhibition of the winning images will open in the Museum on 21 October and run through 10 September 2017.