It could be the focus of a caption competition, but this humorous photo of a marmot being ambushed by a Tibetan fox is actually the winner of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year award 2019.
From the province of Qinghai in China, photographer Yongquing Bao claimed the title with his photo that he called The Moment. Frozen in a life-or-death situation, there's an intense humour and horror that won over this year's judges.
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"Photographically, it is quite simply the perfect moment. The expressive intensity of the postures holds you transfixed," said judging panel chair Roz Kidman Cox. The fact that very few images come out of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau made the image all the more "extraordinary".
The remote glacial region is barely habitable for most of the year and has earned it the nickname the "third pole."
The director of the British Natural History Museum, Sir Michael Dixon praised Bao for capturing "nature's ultimate challenge – its battle for survival."
The intensity of the photo makes it the perfect image for the internet age.
Within hours memes appeared on social media and photoshopping forums.
The Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year was claimed by fourteen-year-old Cruz Erdmann from New Zealand whose picture of a luminous squid won glowing praise from judges.
Captured on a night dive in the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia, the big fin squid appears to glow against the dark water. Erdmann who is already a keen ocean diver gained his certification aged just 10. He rarely goes on a dive without his father's old underwater camera – the camera with which he shot the squid.
The difficult picture was only one of four frames he managed to capture of the mysterious creature before it darted off into the deep.
Judge Theo Bosboom praised the skill of the photography, particularly impressive given the photographer's young age. "To dive in the pitch dark, find this beautiful squid and to be able to photograph it so elegantly, to reveal its wonderful shapes and colours, takes so much skill," he said.
In its fifty-fifth year the WPY competition received 48,000 images from over 100 countries.
The images were judged by 19 categories - including animal behaviour and underwater photography - and put before a panel of naturalists and professional photographers to judge.
Scroll down to see the shortlisted images:
The top hundred photos, including those of Erdmann and Bao will form part of a travelling exhibition. Opening in the Natural History Museum in London tomorrow, the images will go on to travel the world.
Got a nature snap that could compete with these slices of still life?
The next Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is open for entries on Monday 21 October 2019. Find out more at nhm.ac.uk/visit/wpy/competition