Escape with these images of animals and nature from around the world

A penguin cares for its chick

Unless you happen to live in a bush tent overlooking the Serengeti, you are probably a little short on natural beauty right now.

Beyond a daily walk and reruns of David Attenborough, many of us have spent a lot of time inside away from animals and greenery.

The CEWE Photo Awards hope to provide some brief respite. With over €250,000 worth of prizes across 10 categories, organisers have released the finest photos so far submitted to the animals and nature categories.

Submission don’t actually close until May – until then, these varied beautiful photos range from rivers in Alaska to Antarctica’s frozen wastes…

A crocodile tries to go incognito – Christopher Barnofsky

(Christopher Barnofsky/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

A horse gets up close and personal – Jane Wintersohl

(Jane Wintersohl/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

A hungry bear tries to catch lunch – Doris Dörfler-Asmus

(Doris Dörfler-Asmus/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

A kingfisher stops for a snack – Thomas Hinsche

(Thomas Hinsche/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

A pair of owls share a tender moment – Christian Mars

(Christian Mars/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

A penguin cares for its chick – Christoph Bliem

(Christoph Bliem/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

A pigeon keeps cosy in the cold – Reinhold Fischer

(Reinhold Fischer/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

A snake emerges from the depths – Radim Hlaváč

(Radim Hlaváč/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

A trio of meerkats keeps a lookout – Clemens Capek

(Clemens Capek/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

Oops! A squirrel drops its breakfast – Doris Dörfler-Asmus

(Doris Dörfler-Asmus/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

Raindrops gather on a spider’s web – Michael Konrad

(Michael Konrad/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

A puppy unimpressed by its first experience of snow – Talina Lux

(Talina Lux/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

Two zebras show off their patterned coats – Melanie Frey

(Melanie Frey/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

Two butterflies show that sharing is caring – Ruurd Visser

(Ruurd Visser/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

Two dogs wrap up in the cold – René Brunda

(René Brunda/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

What are you looking at? – Emese Madarász-Grasselly

(Emese Madarász-Grasselly/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)


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