Big cat and little cat are purr-fect pals - stunning Sony World Photography Awards shortlist gallery

Cuddling up together, these two cats look like an unlikely pairing.

A photographer has captured the rare and unexpected moment a lion was spotted getting up close and personal with a domestic tabby cat.

The image was taken by George Logan and has now made it on to the prestigious shortlist for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

This image was snapped up by advertising executives at cat food company Whiskas, who used it to accompany their ‘big cat, little cat’ campaign.

Photographers from 166 countries have made it on to the shortlist, with subjects as diverse as Oktoberfest celebrations, members of Ethiopia’s Kara Tribe and a dog which has just got out the bath.

More than 140,000 images were entered into the annual competition, which is now in its seventh year.

A total of 25 British photographers are among those to make it on to the shortlist.

Prizes will be handed out in a series of categories including best architecture image, best panoramic shot and best arts and culture photograph.

See all pics here.