Stunning shot of gorilla surrounded by butterflies wins photography contest

A GORILLA appears to beam with joy as it is surrounded by hundreds of butterflies in an award-winning photo.

The snap of Malui, a western lowland gorilla in the Central African Republic, scooped the top prize in Nature Conservancy’s contest.

Elsewhere a snapper caught the moment wildebeests were bucking and kicking as they jostled in a frenzied crossing of the Mara River in Tanzania.

In another snap a fish found itself on the menu after a predator latched onto its tail while hunting for lunch.

The competition also featured a swimmer retrieving a facemask from the water in a mass of floating litter to highlight the scourge of plastic in the oceans.

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