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Seal of quality: Haunting image of sea animal is deemed underwater photograph of the year by judges celebrating the aquatic world's wonderful beauty

This image of a harbor seal was taken in a kelp forest at Cortes bank near San Diego in California by Kyle McBurnie.

Penguins, ice and light... the beauty of nature captured on camera by the world's greatest wildlife photographers

Flying around: Anup Shah's photograph shows a western lowland gorilla walking through a cloud of butterflies she has disturbed in the Central African Republic

Penguins, ice and light... the beauty of nature captured on camera by the world's greatest wildlife photographers

Birds at play: Dancing Cranes by Vincent Munier. The photographers are all past winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

Penguins, ice and light... the beauty of nature captured on camera by the world's greatest wildlife photographers

Splash: Perfect Trawl is a beautiful photograph by Chris Ziegler, showing a greater bulldog bat - also known as noctilio leporinus - catching a fish

Best science and technology pictures of the week

Matterhorn's North Face - Landscape category in the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.