The Natural History Museum’s annual quest to identify the best wildlife photographer of the year has concluded and the winners have been announced. From the rare occurrence to the up close and personal, these photographers captured remarkable images from all over the world that will have you seeing wildlife in new and extraordinary ways.

They endured harsh conditions underwater and freezing. They pushed the limits of their equipment to the limits, all in the name of getting a great shot. As we’ve detailed before, photographer can be a lot like hunting in that it takes patience and stealth to get close enough to animals, which by their nature are extremely timid.

Along with the awards, the Natural History Museum hosts a travelling exhibit of the best wildlife photographs, which is currently in Great Britain. To learn more about the show heading to more than 60 cities around the world, click here.

Photo credit: Natural History Museum