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15 of the world’s best nature photos

Forest bathing, outdoor wellness, ecotherapy – whatever you want to call it, nature is good for you. Studies suggest spending just 20 minutes in the park can boost your wellbeing, and even visualising nature-themed images can trigger specific responses in the brain.

Now a new competition from photography app Agora has scoured the globe for the very finest photos of the natural world, as part of its #Nature2020 competition, and more than 11,000 entries have now been trimmed to a list of 50 finalists.

The winner will be announced on March 4 – until then, here are some of our favourites from the shortlist…

1. ‘Follow the tracks’ by @heisen22 – Rausu, Japan

A fox stalking in the snow

A fox stalking in the snow (@heisen22/Agora/PA)

2. ‘Stake out’ by @yensentan – Banten, Indonesia

A crocodile lies in wait, camouflaged by aquatic plants

A crocodile lies in wait, camouflaged by aquatic plants (@yensentan/Agora/PA)

3. ‘Nature is beautiful’ by @olgacristal – Tavira, Portugal

A giant wave ready to crash onto the coast of Portugal

A giant wave ready to crash onto the coast of Portugal (@olgacristal/Agora/PA)

4. ‘The leader’ by @phamhuytrung – Muriwai Beach, New Zealand

A single gannet flies away from the flock

A single gannet flies away from the flock (@phamhuytrung/Agora/PA)

5. ‘T I G E R’ by @mits4772 – Seoni, India

A tiger staring through the trees

A tiger staring through the trees (@mits4772/Agora/PA)

6. ‘Pink lake’ by @henrydo – Murcia, Spain

This Spanish lake is naturally pink due to its very high salt content

This Spanish lake is naturally pink due to its very high salt content (@henrydo/Agora/PA)

7. ‘Let’s fly together’ by @myatzawhein – Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar

Two swans take off from the surface of the water

Two swans take off from the surface of the water (@myatzawhein/Agora/PA)

8. ‘Strike’ by @georock888 – Jakarta, Indonesia

A chameleon catching a fly

A chameleon catching a fly (@georock888/Agora/PA)

9. ‘Freediving underwater caves’ by @victordevalles – Menorca, Spain

A free diver in an underwater cave network

A free diver in an underwater cave network (@victordevalles/Agora/PA)

10. ‘Little bambi’ by @jp.photoart – Belluno, Italy

A goat on an Italian mountainside

A goat on an Italian mountainside (@jp.photoart/Agora/PA)

11. ‘Penguin’  by @curtjam – Cape Town, South Africa

A penguin stares between two rocks

A penguin stares between two rocks (@curtjam/Agora/PA)

12. ‘Natural inhabitant’ by @seplb – Réunion Island, French Republic

A Mascarene paradise flycatcher stands on a stem

A Mascarene paradise flycatcher stands on a stem (@seplb/Agora/PA)

13. ‘New born’ by @hendymp – West Kalimantan, Indonesia

A beetle shepherding its young along a branch

A beetle shepherding its young along a branch (@hendymp/Agora/PA)

14. ‘The island’ by @leemumford8 – El Nido, The Philippines

A large, forested island in the Philippines

A large, forested island in the Philippines (@leemumford8/Agora/PA)

15. ‘The rain singer’ by @dennyandhika – Semarang, Indonesia

A frog halfway between leaf and water

A frog halfway between leaf and water (@dennyandhika/Agora/PA)PPho

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