Shared Parenting shot of lionesses shortlisted for Peoples Choice Award

This touching photo of lionesses cleaning a cub roared on to the people’s choice award shortlist at Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

But Mark Boyd’s shot Shared Parenting has not got the competition licked just yet – look at some of the animal artistry it is up against.

He was in Kenya’s Maasai Mara wilderness as the females returned from hunting to the five cubs they had left hidden in the bush for safety.

It is one of 25 images the public can vote for online or at the contest exhibition at the Natural History Museum before January 31.

More parenting is pictured in Marco Gaiotti’s Grassland Geladas, showing two of the monkeys unique to Ethiopia’s high altitude grasslands as one suckles a baby.

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ough Negotiation by Ayala Fishaimer captures a fox cub and shrew in Israel.

While Ice Bed by Nima Sarikhani sees a polar bear atop a small iceberg off Norway’s Svalbard archipelago drift off to sleep. Other shortlisted photos include Hope – Roberto Garcia-Roa’s rescue chimp; Rubbish Drinks by Claire Waring – a macaque checks recycling; Starling Murmuration – a bird-shaped flock by Daniel Dencescu, and Audun Rikardsen’s Aurora Jellies – Norway Moon jellyfish.

Nearly 50,000 entries were submitted to the 59th contest and London museum director Dr Douglas Gurr said: “It’s sure to be a difficult decision.”

The winner will be revealed in February.

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