The Natural History Museum has announced its Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award winners, and the top award goes to Marsel van Oosten for the picture above called The Golden Couple, taken in Shaanxi Province, China.
As the group of Qinling golden snub-nosed monkeys jumped from tree to tree, Marsel struggled to keep up, slipping and stumbling over logs. Gradually he learned to predict their behaviour, and captured this male and female resting. With the Sun filtering through the canopy, they are bathed in a magical light, their golden hair glowing against the fresh greens of the forest.
The title of Young Photographer of the Year went to Skye Meaker of South Africa for this close-up called Lounging Leopard.
Look through the gallery of award winners in the adult division and the youth division. You may find it easier to peruse the pictures and descriptions at a user-ranked listing at Bored Panda. Some images may be disturbing. -via Metafilter