WILDLIFE enthusiasts can pick their favourite photograph in an annual competition.

Sussex Wildlife Trust has whittled down more than 500 entries to the top 12, after judges including David Plummer selected the best images.

The top 12 will appear on a calendar for the trust, but the winner could snap up a £100 cash prize, while the runner up wins a free calendar.

Two photographers from Brighton have made the final group. Kirsty Gibbs took a picture of a butterfly entitled Purple Hairstreak, set amid the summer greenery.

Kirsty, from Ghyllside in Bevendean, also had a second entry to reach the top 12, with The Fairy Seat.

Matthew Downes, from Clayton Road in Brighton, showed cunning to capture an image of an urban fox seems curled and protective.

Stephen Webb, from Knepp Close in Crawley, took a stunning winter scene picture of Konik ponies at the Old Lodge.

Eastbourne photographer Alan Coole from Caroline Way took a fantastic picture of firecrests on the branch.

Dr Bill Brooks, from First Avenue in Felpham near Bognor, took the awe-inspiring picture of a red deer for his entry.

Sean Stones had two images shortlisted, including an owl swooping in for its prey in an image entitled Ghostly Hunter, as well as an image entitled Sideways Glance which depicts a native reptile.

Tom Lee snapped a woodland scene in an image entitled Nature's Picture Frame, while Jamie Fielding was also inspired by the landscape, snapping an image entitled South Downs Sunrise over a poppy field and mist over the rolling hills.

Organisers said: "Our Photography Competition judges had the difficult task of selecting 12 finalists from over 500 entries.

"Now it is over to you to vote for the overall winner."

To view all the images visit sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/vote.