First glimpse of world's most stunning wildlife photos

17 August 2012

A male jawfish with a mouthful of eggs is the first glimpse of one of the photo entries from this year's Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year, revealed today.

Now in its 48th year, the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition attracts more than 48,000 entries from across the globe. It is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide

This preview photo will sit alongside 99 other inspiring images in the prestigious Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Museum, opening on 19 October. Exhibition tickets are on sale from today.

Father's little mouthful

Canadian photographer Steven Kovacs found this curious creature loitering on the ocean floor. His photo, called Father’s little mouthful (shown above), depicts one of the strangest phenomena of the animal kingdom, the male jawfish protecting its offspring in its mouth until they are ready to hatch.

Kovacs explains, ‘Most jawfish will retreat into their burrows when approached closely but this fish did not move, even when I came very close. To create something different and beautiful is why I photograph and it has always been my dream to get a place in this competition.’

Exhibition at the Natural History Museum

Father’s little mouthful and other winning, runner-up and commended photographs from this year's competition will be showcased in the critically acclaimed exhibition, debuting in London at the Museum. The exhibition then embarks on a UK and international tour, drawing more than one million visitors worldwide.

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