The U.K.’s Natural History Museum has announced the 25 finalist images in its “People’s Choice Award” category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
Of the 25 selected images out of more than 50,000 from 95 countries, marine life features in 2 of them.
The first (above), taken by Yung Sen Wu at Blue Corner, Palau immerses the viewer into the heart of a school of barracuda. After diving with them for days, the fish seemed to accept him finally and allowed him to mingle in their midst, allowing him to capture an image of what it must be like to be a member of the school.
The second poignant marine life image was taken by Jamie Rojo and feature Omacha Foundation biologist Federico Mosquera while he gently cradles and soothes an Amazon River dolphin that is being transported to a temporary veterinary facility.
The photo was taken during a tagging project and captures a unique moment of bonding and care between a human and the highly tactile dolphin.
You can find all the images and vote here.
Voting closes at 2:00 p.m. UTC on February 2nd, 2022, and the winner will be announced on February 9th, 2022.