Back in 1965 the first ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ competition was announced with about 500 entries. Since, it has run every year and now garners about 50,000 entries from 95 countries around the world, and submitted by professionals and amateurs alike. The images are rated in three categories: originality, creativity, and technical excellence. This year marks the 52nd running of the competition, and the folks in charge have released a preview of the finalists this time around. I don’t think I’ve seen more astonishing shots of nature in action in a long time – some of these look almost surreal.