The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 competition has started and the organisers have now released stunning images of entries received.

See stunning images submitted for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 competition

Images of an Iberian lynx framed in a doorway, cheetahs swimming in a raging river and blood dripping from the muzzle of a lioness are among the unbelievable shots captured.

There were a record number of entries to the 57th edition of the competition, which is organized by the Natural History Museum in London, and a selection of “highly commended” images was released Tuesday evening, August 31.

Industry experts selected among 50,000 submissions from photographers in 95 countries, judging for “creativity, originality, and technical excellence.

The category winners will be announced on October 12 and will feature in an exhibition set to open on October 15 and run until June 5 2022.

See more images below.

See stunning images submitted for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 competition

US photographer Jack Zhi shot this image of a young white-tailed kite taking a live mouse from its father in mid-air.

See stunning images submitted for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 competition

This image of a lioness dripping with bright red blood was taken by British photographer Lara Jackson in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

See stunning images submitted for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 competition

Sri Lankan-Australian photographer Buddhilini de Soyza feared these male cheetahs wouldn’t make it out of a flooded river in Masai Mara, Kenya.

See stunning images submitted for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 competition

Mangrove swamps provide a buffer between Kakinada city and the sea in Andhra Pradesh, India, as shot by Indian photographer Rakesh Pulapa.

See stunning images submitted for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 competition

French photographer Laurent Ballesta found thousands of narwhal shrimp in deep water in the French Mediterranean.

See stunning images submitted for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 competition

Wei Fu, from Thailand, captured this struggle between a golden tree snake and a red-spotted tokay gecko.

See stunning images submitted for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 competition
Norwegian photographer Audun Rikardsen shows a slick of dying herrings covering the surface of the sea off the Norwegian coast.

See stunning images submitted for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 competition

An Apollo butterfly lands on an oxeye daisy in the Haut-Jura Regional Nature Park, eastern France, as shot by French photographer Emelin Dupieux.

See stunning images submitted for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 competition

This orphaned gray-headed flying fox was caught on camera by Australian photographer Douglas Gimesy.

See stunning images submitted for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 competition

American photographer Jonny Armstrong shows a fox busy searching in the shallows for salmon carcasses that had died after spawning.

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