Picture credit: Łukasz Bożycki

They include a photo of a bat occupying a destroyed World War II bunker in a remote forest in Poland (see above).

The image, called ‘Winter hang-out’, was captured by Łukasz Bożycki.

Picture credit: Jasper Doest

Picture credit: Marc Montes

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition opens at the Natural History Museum in London on 24 October.

At its launch in 1965, the contest attracted just 361 entries. Today it pulls in almost 42,000.

The stories behind Doest’s and Bożycki’s photos can be seen on the competition blog page.

Picture credit: Bernardo Cesare