The best images from the inaugural Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year contest have been chosen as part of the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

© Kai Fagerström/ Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010When humans moved out nature moved in. One of six images shot by Kai Fagerström for the Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year

© Kai Fagerström/ Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010

The best images from the inaugural Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year contest have been chosen as part of the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

The Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year was open to amateurs and professionals.

It honours the best portfolio of six ?striking pictures that tell a powerful story?, according to Mark Carwardine, chairman of the judging panel.

Entrants were told they could choose virtually any subject they liked ?but the sequence must work without further explanation?.

Among the best images in the first year of the competition were those captured by Finnish photographer Kai Fagerström who will be awarded a Specially Commended.

Kai used Nikon D3 and Nikon F5 SLRs to record six images for a project entitled ?The house in the woods?.

The photographer ventured into a derelict house to record the movements of wildlife including a mouse, a raccoon dog, a squirrel, an owl and a family of badgers (pictured below).

Of the latter judges said: ?These cubs were born in a set under the floorboards and the fireplace was their entrance to the house? taking the picture Kai wanted to give an impression of the badger family going about its daily business.?

The results of the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition will be announced shortly.

See details of the exhibition at the Natural History Museum opening 22 October 2010.

© Kai Fagerström/ Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010

© Kai Fagerström/ Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010