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Third prize winner was Gary Cox, with a photo of a wood mouse with a blackberry, which judges said showed a common mammal, often overlooked and under-appreciated, in an extraordinary way.

Adorable tiny mouse! Sorry your friends had to die... They were chasing me

A harvest mouse near Cousset, in Switzerland [Photo: Etienne Francey]

A smiling, incredibly cute, happy lil' mouse in a bunch of flowers. And possibly the greatest photo ever taken!

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If a prize were being handed out for the world's cutest creature, the Siberian flying squirrel could easily win. These large-eyed tree-dwellers could come from a Disney film with their large eyes and, seemingly, expressive features. Photographer Masatsugu Ohashi captured these images of the tiny animals on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

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"A ginger cat nuzzles with a deer at Odessa Zoo, Ukraine. Photographer Vitaly Ktachsays: "I saw them when walking in the zoo with my camera and could not resist stopping to take pictures. The affectionate behaviour of the cat towards the young deer had myself and other visitors watching in disbelief. Evidently real love doesn't know taboo. These animals don't care about the opinion of others." Picture: Vitaly Tkach/Rex Features"