National Geographic recently compiled a list of the 9 most compelling wildlife images of 2017.
The winner was announced as Brent Stirton, who shot an image of a rhino poached for its horn. This particular rhino was shot in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, using a silenced rifle.
The next image is of a leatherback turtle returning to the sea after laying her eggs.
In third place is this image of a Sulawesi crested black macaque in Indonesia.
In fourth place is this bald eagle, looking a bit worse for the wear after some heavy downpours.
In fifth place, we have a pet saddleback tamarin hanging on to its owner.
In sixth place is this sneaky arctic fox stealing an egg.
Seventh place goes to this fantastic underwater portrait.
Eight place was awarded to this cassowary male and his offspring.
Ninth place goes to this unfortunate tiger cub, who lost a front limb in a poacher’s snare.