Camera-traps empower researchers to spy on some of our rarest or most secretive species, gaining extraordinary insights that would have been impossible even just a few years ago.
Judging the hundreds of entries this year was, once again, as difficult as it was enjoyable. The competition’s five judges Mark Carwardine, Richard Edwards, Dan Freeman, Charlie Hamilton James and our own Sophie Stafford spent hours looking through them, giving particular weight to the contribution that each image makes to scientific knowledge.
This stunning image of a fearless black-backed jackal running rings round a male lion taken by Ken Stratford of the Ongava Research Centre in Namibia, emerged as a worthy Overall and Animal Behaviour Category Winner, securing a prize of £3,000.
To see the Editor's favourite shots from the rest of the entries, click here (coming soon).
And to see why the daring jackal attacked the big lion - and what happened next - click here