Because few things in life remind us how majestic the world is like awe-inspiring photos of animals dressed up in Wild West costumes (or, in this case, captured in their natural environs), here are the winners from the 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards.
Entries from contestants as young as 10 years old were judged in multiple categories (including one that weirdly didn't include animals) by an international panel, and the winners were chosen based on both the image's aesthetic and the photographer's ability to demonstrate a "truthful interpretation of the natural world". Starting Friday, all finalists will have their work showcased in an exhibition at London's Natural History Museum.
From snoozing lions to apocalyptic lighting, here are our picks for best of the best.
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