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Last Updated: Thursday October 20 2005 06:23 GMT

In pictures: Young Wildlife Photographer 2005 winners

The winner of the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2005 was Inquisitive Jay by Jesse Ritonen, age 10

The winner of the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2005 was Inquisitive Jay by Jesse Ritonen, age 10, from Finland. Jesse came across this bird while out with his father one morning. "I was so excited," he said.

Marco Fantoni from Italy was the runner-up with this photo, called Eye-To-Eye with an Ibex.

Marco Fantoni from Italy was the runner-up with this photo, called Eye-To-Eye with an Ibex. He spotted this male ibex at the Gran Paradiso National Park and got this snap by creeping up to it very slowly.

Matthew Burrard-Lucas from the UK won the 15-17 age group with this photo, called Chimpanzee Meditation.

Matthew Burrard-Lucas from the UK won the 15-17 age group with this photo, called Chimpanzee Meditation. He took this in Tanzania and had to ignore armies of angry ants which crawled over him while he waited for this snap!

One of the runners-up, Nicholas M Murphy from the US, took this photo, called Blue Dasher.

One of the runners-up, Nicholas M Murphy from the US, took this photo, called Blue Dasher. He captured this photo on a hot, sunny day at his family ranch in Texas.

Mateusz Kowalski was specially commended for this shot, called Owl Landing.

Mateusz Kowalski from Poland was specially commended for this shot, called Owl Landing. He used a big white sheet, a toy mouse and a piece of string to attract the bird.



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