A Top 10 from BBC Earth

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In 2010, BBC Earth opened its arms (and eyes) to the online community. Since the website’s launch, it was never expected that we would discover the extent to which natural history can inspire people.

Through our Facebook page, we have realized that the mankind’s relationship with nature is alive and well, something that is overlooked with half of the world’s population now living in urban environments.

The incredible fact is that not only is there an interest to see amazing wildlife, incredible locations and the very best of natural history film-making, but also there’s a desire to give back!

The talent and commitment shown through the photo submissions to the BBC Earth page has grown from birds in back yards, to incredible captures of the natural world at large. So to celebrate these wonderful contributions and say thank you we’ve decided to share it with the wider world.

There have been some incredible submissions, and here is just a small selection of our favorites. And to see the full collection of remarkable images, or to join in yourself, dive in here.

Thank you again to everyone who has participated, supported or has simply “liked” an image. We are proud to have such an inspiring community and we look forward to what your future pictures hold.

Photographs by: Johanna Vehkanen, Kasia Kaliszewska, Kay Blunt-Clayden, Kelly Heinz, Nancy Hutton, Sam Huang, Shirley Ng, Tatiana Roberti, Terry Bridges and Whispering Mists.

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