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08/29/2012 04:46 pm ET Updated Aug 29, 2012

Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Photos: Nature Photography Competition Unveils 2012 Contenders

London's Natural History Museum has unveiled a stunning collection of wildlife photography for its annual photography competition.

The competition received 48,000 entries, which the organizers have narrowed down to 100 finalist photos; they will be exhibited in the museum in the UK before going on an international tour.

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Klaus Tamm's photo, Sizing Up

Included in the final list is Klaus Tamm's "Sizing Up," featuring two insects preparing for a fight on the veranda of the photographer’s holiday apartment.

"I was so impressed by the harmony that I ended up photographing them for several hours," said Tamm.

Some of the other shortlisted entries include a flying fox trying to take a drink, a serene Japanese macaque, and a ravenous cheetah with a kill.

Click on the slideshow below for more pictures.

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Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

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