Stunning image of grizzly bear about to guzzle salmon wins Brit snapper ...

This grizzly bear about to guzzle a leaping salmon in Alaska has netted a British photographer first prize in an international photo competition.

Nick Dale fought off hundreds of entries from all over the world to win the 'In the Wild' picture contest.

The competition was ran by the Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers.

Mr Dale, from London, who became a professional photographer in 2013, said: 'The annual salmon migration is practically an all-you-can-eat buffet for bears in Alaska.

'The journey upstream sometimes covers hundreds of miles, and the fish must leap out of the water to get over waterfalls. When the bear is at the right place at the right time, dinner is served.'

He added: 'This brown bear with shaggy, brown fur is about to catch a salmon in its mouth at the top of Brooks Falls, Alaska. The fish is only a few inches away from its gaping jaws. It did end up as dinner.'  

As well as bagging himself a first place prize, his snap of an elephant giving itself a dust bath in Chobe National Park in Botswana came second. 

A brown bear with shaggy, brown fur is pictured moments before catching a salmon in its mouth at the top of Brooks Falls, Alaska. Brit Nick Dale beat hundreds of wildlife photographers to win the 'In The Wild' competition with the candid image

A brown bear with shaggy, brown fur is pictured moments before catching a salmon in its mouth at the top of Brooks Falls, Alaska. Brit Nick Dale beat hundreds of wildlife photographers to win the 'In The Wild' competition with the candid image

As well as coming first in the competition, Mr Dale bagged himself bagged himself a runner up spot with this photo of an elephant throwing dust over itself in Chobe National Park in Botswana. He said: 'It has mud stains on its trunk, and the dust is exploding in a cloud against its wrinkled grey skin'

As well as coming first in the competition, Mr Dale bagged himself bagged himself a runner up spot with this photo of an elephant throwing dust over itself in Chobe National Park in Botswana. He said: 'It has mud stains on its trunk, and the dust is exploding in a cloud against its wrinkled grey skin'

This snap of three black kites scrapping for food mid-air in Andover won third place. Clive Greenland, 61, from Wiltshire said: 'Birds in flight is one of the most challenging genres of photography to capture. The Kites produced incredible aerial agility to catch the food mid-air. Tey fight for the food, which produces mid-air battles but it is very difficult to capture a well balanced and sharp image'

This snap of three black kites scrapping for food mid-air in Andover won third place. Clive Greenland, 61, from Wiltshire said: 'Birds in flight is one of the most challenging genres of photography to capture. The Kites produced incredible aerial agility to catch the food mid-air. Tey fight for the food, which produces mid-air battles but it is very difficult to capture a well balanced and sharp image'

This eye-raising picture of a Red Ghost Crab was taken on a Tajpur beach in West Bengal by Achintya Adhikari from Kolkata. To get the highly commended shot, Achintya, 30, had to lie in the wet sand for two hours and balance the camera on his hat to keep it dry. He said: 'I always love to take a ground level shot of this beauty, but you know getting a ground level shot is not at all easy for this crab. Any vibration in terms of walking or roaming around can cause this crab to run inside its den. I had to lay down from 4:30am to 6:30am to get this shot. For this two hours, I was lying down on the seashore with full wet dress and had to place the camera just on a hat so hat it wouldn't get wet.

This eye-raising picture of a Red Ghost Crab was taken on a Tajpur beach in West Bengal by Achintya Adhikari from Kolkata. To get the highly

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