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Stunning nature photos featured at Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition

Exhibition is on display at the Royal Ontario Museum from Dec. 16 to March 18

The good life © Daniel Nelson - Wildlife Photographer of the Year

After a three-hour trek through the forest of Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Daniël Nelson finally caught up with a family of gorillas. In this compelling portrait of Caco, a nine-year-old gorilla, Daniël captured the inextricable connection between these wild apes and the forest on which they depend. The Good Life is the Grand title winner for 2017, Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year. (Daniël Nelson)

On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind. Selected by a panel of six judges, the exhibition features 100 of the best photos, two grand title winners, and winners in several categories including youth categories from photographers as young as 10 and under. 

Scroll down to see some of the incredible photos from this year's exhibition.

Memorial to a Species — Grand title winner for 2017

Memorial to a Species, shot by photojournalist Brent Stirton, is the grand title winner for 2017 (the poignant image also won the Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Story category).

Taken as part of an undercover investigation into the illegal rhino horn trade, Brent Stirton's winning image tells the evocative story of one of the trade's latest victims — a black rhino bull from South Africa's Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park. It is suspected that the killers came from a local community approximately five kilometres away, entering the park illegally, shooting the rhino at a water hole with a high-powered, silenced hunting rifle.

Memorial to a species © Brent Stirton - Wildlife Photographer of the Year

A Black Rhino Bull is seen dead, poached for its horns less than 24 hours earlier at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve in South Africa. (Brent Stirton)

The hairy raincoat — Finalist, 11-14 years old

Canadian wildlife photographer Josiah Launstein, 12, took this stunning shot of a caterpillar on a rainy day in northern Thailand. "I wanted the picture to be all about the raindrops in its hair," said Launstein. "I love how the water drops and hair clusters make it look like water is squirting out of it like little fountains."

Launstein was also a two-time finalist in the 10 and Under category in 2015 and was named Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year in 2014.

The hairy raincoat © Josiah Launstein - Wildlife Photogrpaher of the Year

(Josiah Launstein)

Contemplation — Winner, Animal Portraits

Chimpanzee Dreaming

(Peter Delaney)

The night raider — Winner, Animals in their Environment

The night raider © Marcio Cabral - Wildlife Photographer of the Year

(Marcio Cabral)

Giant gathering — Winner, Behaviour: Mammals

Sperm Whales Emerging from Cloud of Poo

(Tony Wu)

The incubator bird — Winner, Behaviour: Birds

The incubator bird © Gerry Pearce - Wildlife Photographer of the Year

(Gerry Pearce)

The ancient ritual — Winner, Behaviour: Amphibians and Reptiles

The ancient ritual © Brian Skerry - Wildlife Photographer of the Year

(Brian Skerry)

Crab surprise — Winner, Behaviour: Invertebrates

Crab surprise © Justin Gilligan - Wildlife Photographer of the Year.jpg

(Justin Gilligan)

The grip of the gulls — Winner, 10 years and under

In the grip of the gulls © Ekaterina Bee - Wildlife Photographer of the Year.jpg

(Ekaterina Bee)

Palm-oil survivors — Winner, Wildlife Photojournalist: Single Image

Palm-oil survivors © Aaron Gekoski - Wildlife Photographer of the Year.jpg

(Aaron ‘Bertie’ Gekoski)

Tapestry of life — Winner, Plants and Fungi

Tapestry of life © Dorin Bofan - Wildlife Photographer of the Year

(Dorin Bofan)

Stuck in — Winner, 11-14 years old

Stuck in © Ashleigh Scully - Wildlife Photographer of the Year

(Ashleigh Scully)

The ice monster — Winner, Earth's Environments

The ice monster © Laurent Ballesta - Wildlife Photographer of the Year

(Laurent Ballesta)

The jellyfish jockey — Winner, Underwater

The jellyfish jockey © Anthony Berberian - Wildlife Photographer of the Year

(Anthony Berberian)

Polar pas de deux — Winner, Black and White

Polar pas de deux © Eilo Elvinger - Wildlife Photographer of the Year

(Eilo Elvinger)

Experience it yourself

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit will run at the Royal Ontario Museum from Dec. 16 to March 18 and will also be on display at the Royal B.C. Museum until April 2. 

Wildlife Phototgrapher of the Year - ROM

(David Donnelly/CBC)

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