VSL:SCIENCE // Wildlife photography that will take your breath away

For some really riveting eye candy, head to the online version of the 44th annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit. It’s worth seeing in either edited or unabridged form.

Chosen by BBC Wildlife and London’s Natural History Museum, this year’s winners are unusually diverse: Grand prize goes to a hard-won, first-rate photo of a rare and elusive snow leopard prowling amid snowfall in Ladakh. From there you can jump up close to see a tree frog locked in mortal combat with a cat-eyed tree snake or two eagles fighting over a moose carcass. But our favorite photograph is also the least pleasant one: a black colobus monkey being roasted on an open fire in Gabon before its sale as bushmeat.

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VSL:SCIENCE // Wildlife photography that will take your breath away