Take a look at the amazing images competing for Wildlife Photographer of Year

A photojournalist's image of a black rhino with its horns hacked off has seen him named Wildlife Photographer of Year.

Wednesday, 18th October 2017, 1:34 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 1:12 pm
Stuck in by Ashleigh Scully, winner of the 11-14 years old category

Brent Stirton won the award for his image Memorial to a Species, taken at a game reserve in South Africa.

He was revealed as the winner at a ceremony at the Natural History Museum in London, which runs the competition.

Judge Roz Kidman Cox said: "To make such a tragic scene almost majestic in its sculptural power deserves the highest award.

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Stuck in by Ashleigh Scully, winner of the 11-14 years old category

"There is rawness, but there is also great poignancy and therefore dignity in the fallen giant.

"It's also symbolic of one of the most wasteful, cruel and unnecessary environmental crimes, one that needs to provoke the greatest public outcry."

Black rhinos are a critically endangered species - the one captured by Mr Stirton had recently been shot and de-horned when he took its photo.

The photojournalist beat almost 50,000 entries from 92 countries.

Stuck in by Ashleigh Scully, winner of the 11-14 years old category

His image will go on show alongside 99 other photographs at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition which opens on Friday October 20 at the central London museum.

The Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 award was given to Daniel Nelson for his portrait of a lowland gorilla from the Republic of Congo lounging on the forest floor eating a breadfruit.