Mozambican vet Mercia Angela  on her daily walk with Boogli, a female Cape pangolin confiscated as infant by Gorongosa’s law-enforcement team

Photo gallery: Our threatened but wonderful world

Image credit: Tony Wu, Roy Mangersnes, Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals Media / Animals Australia, Neil Aldridge , Yashpal Rathore, Ashley Cooper, Pål Hermansen Jen Guyton, Doug Gimesy, Alex Mustard, Jack Dykinga, Sirachai Arunrugstichai, NaturePL.com

To coincide with COP26, 26 of the world’s leading photographers have come together to provide eye-witness accounts of nature under threat.

As part of the build up to COP26, the Earth Project, in collaboration with Nature Picture Library, has organised a photography competition to raise awareness of the huge challenges faced by nature, as well as the impacts of climate change on global ecosystems.

The competition links to one of the main goals of COP26: to help protect and restore ecosystems in countries adversely affected by climate change. The full gallery of 72 stunning pictures, along with the environmental stories they tell, is available online.

The competition winner will be announced at COP26.

A waterfall runs off the melting Austfonna glacier, eastern Svalbard, in the Arctic Ocean.

A waterfall runs off the melting Austfonna glacier, eastern Svalbard, in the Arctic Ocean

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In Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans a Zu/’hoasi bushman finds the carcass of a zebra.

In Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans a Zu/’hoasi bushman finds the carcass of a zebra

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With the monsoon approaching behind, this endangered Bengal tiger walks through the Kanha National Park, Central India.

With the monsoon approaching behind, this endangered Bengal tiger walks through the Kanha National Park, Central India

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Dump trucks queue to load tar sand in front of a toxic wasteland created by the Syncrude mine, Alberta, Canada.

Dump trucks queue to load tar sand in front of a toxic wasteland created by the Syncrude mine, Alberta, Canada

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A female olive ridley turtle caught in a ghost fishing net in the Indian Ocean.

A female olive ridley turtle caught in a ghost fishing net in the Indian Ocean

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A forest fire has destroyed the habitat of this Eastern grey kangaroo and her joey in Australia.

A forest fire has destroyed the habitat of this Eastern grey kangaroo and her joey in Australia

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Mozambican vet Mercia Angela on her daily walk with Boogli, a female Cape pangolin confiscated as infant by Gorongosa’s law-enforcement team.

Mozambican vet Mercia Angela  on her daily walk with Boogli, a female Cape pangolin confiscated as infant by Gorongosa’s law-enforcement team

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Two little blue penguins captured in front of Melbourne’s city lights.

Two little blue penguins captured in front of Melbourne’s city lights

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This song thrush feeds the family it has found a home for in this old car in Sweden.

This song thrush feeds the family it has found a home for in this old car in Sweden

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The tiny (only 1cm) Denise’s pygmy seahorse looks out from its home in a sea fan in the Ceram Sea, Indonesia.

The tiny (only 1cm) Denise’s pygmy seahorse looks out from its home in a sea fan in the Ceram Sea, Indonesia

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Giant cactus in the Sonoran Desert, Arizona, at sunset after a spring storm.

Giant cactus in the Sonoran Desert, Arizona, at sunset after a Spring storm

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Two marine biologists off Koh Tao Island, Thailand, attach fragments of damaged corals onto an electrified metal structure to improve growth.

Two marine biologists off Koh Tao Island, Thailand, attach fragments of damaged corals onto an electrified metal structure to improve growth

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