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Veolia Wildlife Photography

Now in its 48th year, the Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is an international showcase for the very best nature photography. The competition is owned by the British Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. The web gallery of top photos is well worth a look. I found the photo below arresting and hilarious:

Midnight snack by Alexander Badyaev 

Badyaev’s research cabin in the Blackfoot Valley, Montana, US, is permanently occupied. But not by him. He just goes there every so often to work. Instead a range of forest creatures makes full use of the shelter and food remains. He doesn’t see much of them, but there are always signs, particularly in the kitchen. ‘I had long suspected that a family of mice was living under my cooker and tasting my food,’ he says. ‘Then, late one evening, I returned to retrieve a peanut-buttered slice of bread I’d left briefly in the kitchen and discovered a deer mouse sampling it. When it disappeared into the hob, I grabbed my camera, quickly put a flash on the shelf behind the cooker, and when the mouse popped up again, shot a single frame. It took much longer to convince myself to finish my snack.’

Photograph: Alexander Badyaev /Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

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