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The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including preparations for Mainz carnival and newly discovered miniature night frogs

Best photos of the day: Rule Britannia and mini frogs

From the Pink Floyd shrimp that makes a noise so loud it can kill small fish, to giant stick insects and new types of orangutans and gibbons, here is a round up of new animal species discovered this year

Settled in by Ryan Miller, US‘Moose are not strangers to the city of Anchorage, Alaska. This big bull is known as Hook, and Ryan knew from the previous year that he would be shedding his magnificent antler crown in the coming days. Ryan captured this scene in heavy snowfall as the rest of the city slept, and less than an hour later Hook shed his first antler.’

Wildlife photographer of the year people's choice award - in pictures

Settled in by Ryan Miller, US‘Moose are not strangers to the city of Anchorage, Alaska. This big bull is known as Hook, and Ryan knew from the previous year that he would be shedding his magnificent antler crown in the coming days. Ryan captured this scene in heavy snowfall as the rest of the city slept, and less than an hour later Hook shed his first antler.’

Warm embrace by Debra Garside, Canada‘When polar bear mothers and cubs emerge from their dens in the early spring, the cubs stay close to their mothers for warmth and protection ... Debra waited six days near the den of this family, in Wapusk national park, Manitoba, Canada, before they finally emerged. In the most challenging conditions she has ever faced, temperatures ranged from -35C (-31F) to -55C (-67F) with high winds, making it almost impossible to avoid frostbite and keep her camera…

Wildlife photographer of the year people's choice award - in pictures

Warm embrace by Debra Garside, Canada‘When polar bear mothers and cubs emerge from their dens in the early spring, the cubs stay close to their mothers for warmth and protection ... Debra waited six days near the den of this family, in Wapusk national park, Manitoba, Canada, before they finally emerged. In the most challenging conditions she has ever faced, temperatures ranged from -35C (-31F) to -55C (-67F) with high winds, making it almost impossible to avoid frostbite and keep her camera…

Pikin and Appolinaire by Jo-Anne McArthur, Canada ‘Pikin, a lowland gorilla, had been captured and was going to be sold for bushmeat but was rescued by Ape Action Africa. Jo-Anne took this photograph as the gorilla was being moved from her former enclosure within a safe forest sanctuary in Cameroon ... She was first sedated, but during the transfer to the new enclosure she awoke. Luckily, she was not only very drowsy, but she was also in the arms of her caretaker, Appolinaire Ndohoudou, and…

Wildlife photographer of the year people's choice award - in pictures

Pikin and Appolinaire by Jo-Anne McArthur, Canada ‘Pikin, a lowland gorilla, had been captured and was going to be sold for bushmeat but was rescued by Ape Action Africa. Jo-Anne took this photograph as the gorilla was being moved from her former enclosure within a safe forest sanctuary in Cameroon ... She was first sedated, but during the transfer to the new enclosure she awoke. Luckily, she was not only very drowsy, but she was also in the arms of her caretaker, Appolinaire Ndohoudou, and…

Holding on by Jami Tarris, US‘This close-up captures the touching moment an infant lays its small hand in the big hand of its mother. Jami took this photograph while she was in Borneo working on a story about the effects of palm-oil agriculture on orangutan habitat. Loss of primary rainforest is a serious threat to this already critically endangered species.’

Wildlife photographer of the year people's choice award - in pictures

25 March 2016 - A touching moment as an infant Orangutan lays his small hand in the big hand of its Mother, Sumatra

Leopard gaze by Martin van Lokven, The Netherlands‘During a three-week stay in Serengeti national park, Tanzania, Martin encountered this female leopard several times. Called Fundi by local guides, she was well known in the area. Late one afternoon, Fundi left the tree she was resting in and stopped by Martin’s car, fixing him with her magnificent gaze.’

Wildlife photographer of the year people's choice award - in pictures

Leopard gaze by Martin van Lokven, The Netherlands‘During a three-week stay in Serengeti national park, Tanzania, Martin encountered this female leopard several times. Called Fundi by local guides, she was well known in the area. Late one afternoon, Fundi left the tree she was resting in and stopped by Martin’s car, fixing him with her magnificent gaze.’

The brothers by Marco Urso, Italy‘Millions of salmon spawn each year at Kuril Lake in the southern part of the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, attracting large numbers of brown bears. Marco noticed how curious these two brown bears were and was able to capture the moment when they both stood up on their hind legs to watch what he was doing. The rain falling onto the lake added an extra atmosphere to the scene.’

Wildlife photographer of the year people's choice award - in pictures

The brothers by Marco Urso, Italy‘Millions of salmon spawn each year at Kuril Lake in the southern part of the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, attracting large numbers of brown bears. Marco noticed how curious these two brown bears were and was able to capture the moment when they both stood up on their hind legs to watch what he was doing. The rain falling onto the lake added an extra atmosphere to the scene.’

The Natural History Museum has chosen 24 of the best images from its Wildlife photographer of the year competition shortlist, and wants members of the public to vote for their favourite

Wildlife photographer of the year people's choice award - in pictures

The Natural History Museum has chosen 24 of the best images from its Wildlife photographer of the year competition shortlist, and wants members of the public to vote for their favourite

Hilvarenbeek, the Netherlands Five cheetah cubs at the Safaripark Beekse Bergen

Best photos of the day: Rule Britannia and mini frogs

Five cheetah cubs at the Safaripark Beekse Bergen Photograph: Remko de Waal/EPA

Hedgehog in the British countryside

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Hedgehog in the British countryside

Neck and neck by David Lloyd, New Zealand / UK‘Sometimes photographing large animals in isolation from their background can be difficult, especially if the background is too detailed. Luckily, David managed to capture the giraffes of Kenya’s Maasai Mara national reserve against a white, overcast sky, but he still opted to shoot a little closer and, adjusting the exposure, caught the intimate moment of a giraffe grooming its companion.’

Wildlife photographer of the year people's choice award - in pictures

Neck and neck by David Lloyd, New Zealand / UK‘Sometimes photographing large animals in isolation from their background can be difficult, especially if the background is too detailed. Luckily, David managed to capture the giraffes of Kenya’s Maasai Mara national reserve against a white, overcast sky, but he still opted to shoot a little closer and, adjusting the exposure, caught the intimate moment of a giraffe grooming its companion.’

The nightcap by Charl Senekal, South Africa ‘For Charl, nothing beats the excitement and anticipation of sitting in wait at a waterhole during the dry season, knowing that anything can appear out of the darkness. The herd of zebra in South Africa’s Zimanga game reserve surpassed his wildest wishes, and the still conditions resulted in a near-perfect reflection.’

Wildlife photographer of the year people's choice award - in pictures

The nightcap by Charl Senekal, South Africa ‘For Charl, nothing beats the excitement and anticipation of sitting in wait at a waterhole during the dry season, knowing that anything can appear out of the darkness. The herd of zebra in South Africa’s Zimanga game reserve surpassed his wildest wishes, and the still conditions resulted in a near-perfect reflection.’

Land of snow and ice by Josh Anon, US‘The Arctic is beautiful all year-round, but in the late winter, when temperatures reach -30C (-22F) and everything is white and the sun stays low on the horizon, it’s stunning. Josh was on a boat in a fjord across from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, and encountered this polar bear walking along the edge of the ice. She was curious, walking past the boat twice – just long enough for Josh to take a shot with her white coat glowing in the setting sun…

Wildlife photographer of the year people's choice award - in pictures

Land of snow and ice by Josh Anon, US‘The Arctic is beautiful all year-round, but in the late winter, when temperatures reach -30C (-22F) and everything is white and the sun stays low on the horizon, it’s stunning. Josh was on a boat in a fjord across from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, and encountered this polar bear walking along the edge of the ice. She was curious, walking past the boat twice – just long enough for Josh to take a shot with her white coat glowing in the setting sun…