Alex Hyde / King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus). Grytviken, South Georgia. November.
Nick Upton / Ivy bee (Colletes hederae) mating ball, showing a mass of males clustered around a female recently emerged from her burrow, Wiltshire, England, UK, September.
Pedro Narra / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) vixen grooming cub, Sado Estuary, Portugal. May
Donald M. Jones / White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) mother cleaning fawn, Montana
Donald M. Jones / White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) doe cleaning newborn fawn, Montana
Ann & Steve Toon / Impala (Aepyceros melampus) allo-grooming, iMfolozi game reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, August
Philippe Clement / Pair of Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) resting and grazing in forest in summer, France, September.
Philippe Clement / Northern gannets (Morus bassanus) preening, sitting on nests made with plastic, Hermaness NNR, Unst, Shetland Islands, Scotland, UK, May.
Dave Bevan / Harvest mouse (Micromys minutus) grooming, sitting on a wheat seedhead, UK, July. Captive.
Cyril Ruoso / Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis) pair grooming, Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Thailand
Cyril Ruoso / Long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) grooming, Koram island Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Thailand.
Dave Bevan / Welsh mountain sheep cleaning afterbirth from a lamb before a second lamb is born, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK, March.
Donald M. Jones / American Darter (Anhinga anhinga) preening, Everglades National Park, Florida
Claudio Contreras / Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) preening chick in the breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June Finalist in the Portfolio Category of the Terre Sauvage...
Agustin Esmoris / Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) preening, Argentina
Andrew Parkinson / Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) grooming itself, with back foot raised, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, February. Highly Commended in the Animal Behaviour category of the British Wildlife Photog...
John Waters / Slow motion clip of a Wigeon (Anas penelope) preening, Catcott Lows Nature Reserve, Somerset Levels, England, UK, December.
Ann & Steve Toon / Impala (Aepyceros melampus) with redbilled oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus), Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Jim Manthorpe / Close-up of a Common otter (Lutra lutra) grooming and rolling in seaweed, Western Scotland. March.
Fred Olivier / Group of Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) displaying on a beach, Gypsy Cove, Stanley, Falkland Islands.
Fred Olivier / Close-up of a Black browed albatross (Thalassarche melanophris) preening its chick, chick looks up panting, thermoregulating, West Point Island, Falkland Islands.
Fred Olivier / Tilt shot of a Black browed albatross (Thalassarche melanophris) with its chick on a nest, New Island, Falkland Islands.
Fred Olivier / Southern rockhopper penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) preening chick then itself, New Island, Falkland Islands.
Fred Olivier / Close-up of a pair of Black browed albatrosses (Thalassarche melanophris) mutual grooming, New Island, Falkland Islands.
Fred Olivier / Pair of Black browed albatrosses (Thalassarche melanophris) display bonding, touching beaks, New Island, Falkland Islands.
Peter Bassett / King penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus), Salisbury Plain, South Georgia.
Peter Bassett / King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) preening in breeding colony, with mountains in the background, Salisbury Plain, South Georgia.
Peter Bassett / King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) in a breeding colony, with mountains in the background, Salisbury Plain, South Georgia.
James Dunbar / Close-up of a Sweat bee (Lasioglossum) nectaring on a flower before grooming itself and taking off, England, UK, September.
Steve Downer / Fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) close-up of eye.
SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Mountain hare leveret (Lepus timidus) grooming amongst flowering heather, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, August.
SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) grooming on heather moorland, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, June.
SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Puffin (Fratercula arctica), with Thrift (Armeria maritima) in the foreground, Fair Isle, Shetland Islands, Scotland, UK, July.
Christophe Courteau / Long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) grooming, with baby playing nearby, Bako NP, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia.
Christophe Courteau / Family of Mountain gorillas (Gorilla gorilla beringei) with a silverback, grooming and looking around, part of the HIrwa Gorilla Group, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.
John & Mary-Lou Aitchison / Female European otter (Lutra lutra) grooming her cub on a rock, with the cub falling off and into the water, Scotland, UK, November.
John & Mary-Lou Aitchison / Female European otter (Lutra lutra) grooming her cub, Scotland, UK, November.
John & Mary-Lou Aitchison / Female European otter (Lutra lutra) on a rock grooming her cub before rolling over and scent marking, Scotland, UK, November.
Ingo Arndt / Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) preening, Prion Island, South Georgia Island, February
Ingo Arndt / Large flock of Eastern / Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) preening, Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Sergey Gorshkov / Leopard (Panthera pardus) mother licking cub, Londolozi, Sabi-sands Game Reserve, South Africa
Donald M. Jones / Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) preening in spring, southern Alaska
Wim van den Heever / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) bull dust-bathing, Chyulu Hills, Kenya.
Bence Mate / Little egret (Egretta garzetta) shaking water off wings at sunset, Lake Csaj, Pusztaszer, Hungary. May. Winner of the Portfolio category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards competition 2015.
Roland Seitre / Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) flock drinking and bathing in water, Wannoo, Billabong Roadhouse, Western Australia.
Andy Rouse / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus) courtship dance, Cardiff, UK, March.
Ashish & Shanthi Chandola / Plains zebra (Equus quagga) grooming foal, Kruger National Park, South Africa, July.
Cyril Ruoso / Icelandic horses, group of three interacting, Iceland, August. Non-ex