National Geographic’s Most Compelling Wildlife Photos of 2017

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.

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Image by BRENT STIRTON

The next image is of a leatherback turtle returning to the sea after laying her eggs.

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Image by BRIAN J. SKERRY

In third place is this image of a Sulawesi crested black macaque in Indonesia.

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Image by STEFANO UNTERTHINER

In fourth place is this bald eagle, looking a bit worse for the wear after some heavy downpours.

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Image by KLAUS NIGGE

In fifth place, we have a pet saddleback tamarin hanging on to its owner.

Image by CHARLIE HAMILTON JAMES

In sixth place is this sneaky arctic fox stealing an egg.

Image by SERGEY GORSHKOV

Seventh place goes to this fantastic underwater portrait.

Image by THOMAS P. PESCHAK

Eight place was awarded to this cassowary male and his offspring.

Image by CHRISTIAN ZIEGLER

Ninth place goes to this unfortunate tiger cub, who lost a front limb in a poacher’s snare.

Image by STEVE WINTER

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