Finalist enteries from World Wildlife Day 2017 photo competition

Conservation and protection of wild animals and plants is a collective responsibility, yet youth can make a drastic change.

With the idea to instill responsibility in youth and explore what wildlife conservation and protection mean to them, this year’s World Wildlife Day (WWD) was celebrated on the theme “Listen to the Young Voice.”

The competition, invited young citizen in the age group of 10 to 24 from around the world to submit their photos of wildlife to display their artistic talents and understanding of wild animals.

UN World Wildlife Day is celebrated annually on 3rd March. It is a celebration of different forms of flora and fauna on the planet. The event is designed to create awareness as to why conservation and protection of wild animals and plants is important to us.

Below are ten best photos that were nominated for the World Wildlife Day 2017 photo competition, have a look at the magic young minds have created. Courtesy IBTimes.

# Wire-tailed swallow (Hirundo smithii) by Ali Javed from Pakistan

# Heavy-bodied jumping spider (Hyllus semicupreus) by Md Rashidul Islam Rabby from Bangladesh

# Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) by Gàbor Li from Hungary

# African Lion (Panthera leo) by Damaris Lopez Zamora from El Salvador

# Group of crane flies (family Tipulidae) by Breech Asher Harani from Philippines

# Mantis (family Empusidae) by Nathan Horrenberger from Switzerland

# Confusing Bumblebee (Bombus perplexus) by Gabriel Best from USA

# African flap-necked chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis) by Samson Moyo from South Africa

# Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta)Swaroop Singha Roy from India

# Northern potoo (Nyctibius jamaicensis)Jorge Figueroa from Mexico

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