A close up of a caracal lynx's face looking into a camera in January in Western Cape, South Africa. The nimble cat approached the lens after being released by a farmer who had earlier trapped it on his land. It was a lucky escape for the animal - a type of lynx - as many farmers blame them for killing livestock and shoot them on sight.
A dust storm rolls over the city of Phoenix at sunset on July 3 in Phoenix, Arizona. Avid storm chaser Mike Olbinksi, 39, captured this photo as he watched the wall of thick orange dust roll over the city with a population of 1.4 million
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A humpback whale jumps out of the water on June 24, 2013 in Port St. Johns, South Africa. A huge humpback whale leaps out of the water in an amazing display of strength and agility. These awe inspiring pictures were taken in June 2013 by marine tour guide Steven Benjamin who was documenting over 1000 whales migrating from the coast of South Africa to the warmer waters of Mozambique and Madagascar
A picturesque view of daybreak is captured on camera in the woods near Brompton Ralph village on December 3 in Somerset, England
Doug Seus poses alongside the 8ft 6in Bart 2 on his ranch in Heber City, Utah. For the last four decades, Doug and wife Lynne have shared their ranch in the the Heber Valley, Utah, with their four bears: Bart the Bear 1, who passed away in 2000, brother and sister team Bart 2 and Honey Bump, and Tank
The rotating updraft base of a supercell thunderstorm, and a rear flank downdraft containing rain and hail, backlit by the setting sun on May 10 in Climax, Kansas. The huge formations, also known as rotating thunderstorms, are among the most powerful weather phenomenon found over land. They can occur anywhere where the conditions are right, but are normally found in more arid climates.
Hans, a 12-week-old mixed breed, looks dismayed as he shakes off water, in Portland, Oregon. A series of sopping wet puppies shake their fur in an adorable slow-motion photo book. The speedy motion has been slowed down using a high-speed camera to capture every wiggle.
A huge male elephant photobombs (from left to right) Lisa Marie Winther, from Norway, Deb Sulzberger, from Australia, Sarah Daly, from Scotland, Jane Burnett, from England, and Nicky Walker, from England, at Imire: Rhino and Wildlife Conservation area in Wedza, Zimbabwe
Bono as Jon Snow, Blue as Ned Stark and Roxy as Bran Stark in February in Los Angeles, California. Blinkbox has teamed up with three adorable pugs to create the cutest Game of Thrones remake ever. Owners Phillip Lauer, 57 and his wife Sue, 47 have been dressing their pugs up as characters from cinema and TV since they were puppies
Giant ash clouds erupt from Mount Sinabung volcano as villagers watch on November 3 in Karo district in Indonesia. The volcano, which has been active since September 2013, erupted in February killing at least 15 people and forcing thousands to evacuate their homes
Muslim terror strikes Canada. Emergency responders escort VIPs out of building on Sparks Street on October 22 in Ottawa, Canada. A terrorist shot dead a soldier as he was standing guard at the National War Memorial and then went on a shooting rampage through parliament buildings before he was shot dead.