The winners of this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition have been announced at a special viewing at the Natural History Museum, London.
Manuel Presti of Italy was awarded Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2005 for his image Sky chase and Jesse Ritonen, 10, of Finland was named Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2005 for his image Inquisitive jay .
The winning image of a swirling flock of starlings evading a peregrine falcon was among nearly 17,000 entries from over 55 countries. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition is the world's largest and most prestigious wildlife photographic competition, jointly organised each year by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine.
'Sky chase is a powerful image and, like it or not, it's one that you will never forget.' said judge Mark Carwardine. 'I particularly like its graphic simplicity and the starkness of black against white. But it works on another level too, because it is full of energy and movement and captures an absolutely perfect wildlife moment.'
Sky chase and Inquisitive jay will join the category winners and others in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which displays all 84 winning and commended images from the 2005 competition.
The award-winning images for 2005 are:
The exhibition opens to visitors at the Natural History Museum on Saturday 22 October 2005 and runs until 23 April 2006. It will then tour across the country and five continents after its London debut.