Winners of the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winners of the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year nature animals Paul Nicklen / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Winners of the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year nature animals Paul Nicklen / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Winners of the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year nature animals Jasper Doest / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Winners of the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year nature animals Larry Lynch / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Winners of the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year nature animals Richard Peters / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Winners of the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year nature animals Sergey Gorshkov / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Winners of the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year nature animals Cristóbal Serrano / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Winners of the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year nature animals Anna Henly / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Winners of the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year nature animals Kim Wolhuter / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Winners of the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year nature animals Adam Gibbs / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

The winners of the 48th annual Veolia Environmental Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition were announced on October 17th featuring 100 incredible photos selected from 48,000 entries originating from 98 countries, with top prize claimed by Paul Nicklen for his bubbly capture of emperor penguins. Here are ten of my favorites and you can see all of the winners in person at the Natural History Museum in London through March 2013. A full gallery is also available online. (via flavorwire)