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Exhibit takes a walk on the wild side

The winners of the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition were announced recently and will soon be on display at the Royal Ontario Museum.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners will be on display at the ROM

The winners of the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition were announced recently and will soon be on display at the Royal Ontario Museum.

The stunning photos capture moments in nature from around the world. The photographers take viewers to worlds they may not see, from an underwater scene to the top of a tree.

The action is intense at an underwater snapper party.

The underwater photography winner got a rare glimpse of two-spot red snapper spawning during a full moon near Palau in the western Pacific Ocean.

(Tony Wu)

Capturing the big business of wildlife crime.

The photojournalist award for a single image shows one of the largest seizures of pangolins, a.k.a. scaly anteaters. Roughly 4,000 of these mammals were destined for China or Vietnam as part of the exotic-meat trade or for use in traditional medicine. 

(Paul Hilton)

The big cat came back to the city.

The urban photo winner captured a leopard that was on the hunt for food in a suburb of Mumbai, India, near the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. The leopords are known to slip through the alleyways and their presence is accepted as part of daily life in the area.

(Nayan Khanolkar)

The view from the top.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year spent three days climbing up and down a 30-metre tree to install several GoPro cameras. He captured this view of Gunung Palung National Park as well as the orangutan's face from above.

(Tim Laman)

The wind was blowing in the right direction.

The winning photo of plants and fungi required patience and many images before the photographer could capture pollen flying off a catkin in northern Italy. 

(Valter Binotto)

The right light changes an everyday sight. 

The winner of the young wildlife photographer award has taken many photos in London's Valentines Park, but one day the light created by dusk and a full moon turned the scene into "something out of a fairy tale," Gideon Knight said. 

(Gideon Knight)

Bird grabs squatter by the tail. 

The winning birds photo is a glimpse into an eviction attempt by an Indian rose-ringed parakeet who discovered a Bengal monitor lizard had moved into its residence in a tree. 

(Ganesh H. Shankar)