Look away now! The photographs snapped just SECONDS before disaster strikes (including a swimmer whose somersault into the pool is about to go horribly wrong)

  • Perfectly timed photographs capture people just seconds away from a mishap
  • Include a swimmer whose back flip into a pool is about to go seriously awry
  • Others show animals including cats and dogs on the brink of disaster ?

Timing is everything when it comes to capturing a great shot.?

And the photographs captured here manage to be both perfectly timed - and painful to look at.?

Shared on social media by amateur snappers around the world, all of the pictures capture people (and occasionally animals) on the brink of disaster.?

From a swimmer whose elaborate dive into a pool is about to go catastrophically wrong, to a man snapped as a giant hammer hurtles towards his head, you'll be glad there's no photographic evidence of the aftermath.?

Ouch! This man's backflip into the swimming pool is about to go horribly, horribly wrong

Ouch! This man's backflip into the swimming pool is about to go horribly, horribly wrong

She has no idea what's coming: A prankster tosses a bucket of water over an unsuspecting sunbather

She has no idea what's coming: A prankster tosses a bucket of water over an unsuspecting sunbather

This cyclist is about to face a much bigger obstacle than a steep ascent up a hill?

This cyclist is about to face a much bigger obstacle than a steep ascent up a hill?

Uh oh: There's nothing like a stray pint to ruin your perfectly coiffed blow dry?

Uh oh: There's nothing like a stray pint to ruin your perfectly coiffed blow dry?

Peripheral vision: The dawning realisation on the face of the man throwing the hammer says it all in this snap?

Peripheral vision: The dawning realisation on the face of the man throwing the hammer says it all in this snap?

Thank goodness there is snow to cushion this somewhat acrobatic dog's fall ?

Thank goodness there is snow to cushion this somewhat acrobatic dog's fall ?

All that effort for nothing: This photo captures a woman's beach barbecue going very wrong

All that effort for nothing: This photo captures a woman's beach barbecue going very wrong

The smaller creature is definitely going to emerge the loser from this jumping contest

The smaller creature is definitely going to emerge the loser from this jumping contest

Cats may have nine lives, but this spells the end for this pet's bowl of food?

Cats may have nine lives, but this spells the end for this pet's bowl of food?

He's behind you: An unsuspecting mouse has no idea its about to breathe its last ?

He's behind you: An unsuspecting mouse has no idea its about to breathe its last ?

It seems the impact of a giant snowball to the head hasn't quite registered for this man?

It seems the impact of a giant snowball to the head hasn't quite registered for this man?

Joint cannonball: The man seems to be enjoying himself, but his dog appears to be regretting its decision to jump ?

Joint cannonball: The man seems to be enjoying himself, but his dog appears to be regretting its decision to jump ?

The man in the front of the picture has the right idea when he sees the tower of crates begin to tumble?

The man in the front of the picture has the right idea when he sees the tower of crates begin to tumble?

This poor little creature is about to become dinner for this crazy-eyed kitty

This poor little creature is about to become dinner for this crazy-eyed kitty

Within seconds her whole foodshop has tumbled down the stairs, lets hope she wasn't on the top floor

Within seconds her whole foodshop has tumbled down the stairs, lets hope she wasn't on the top floor

Just as she was about to present her daughter with the birthday cake, the worst possible thing happened

Just as she was about to present her daughter with the birthday cake, the worst possible thing happened

This man was just minding his own business and reading a book, completely unaware of the flying cat hurtling towards his head?

This man was just minding his own business and reading a book, completely unaware of the flying cat hurtling towards his head?

This rodeo rider is about a second away from having his face pushed into the ground - ouch

This rodeo rider is about a second away from having his face pushed into the ground - ouch

Things are not going very well for this man who was just attempting to change a lightbulb

Things are not going very well for this man who was just attempting to change a lightbulb

This man needs to bend those arms or he will end up with both of them in plaster

This man needs to bend those arms or he will end up with both of them in plaster

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's someone who really should be wearing a helmet?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's someone who really should be wearing a helmet?

These two look like they are having a little cuddle... sadly for the bird that is not the case

These two look like they are having a little cuddle... sadly for the bird that is not the case

The expression on these rower's faces sum up how wrong things have gone in a matter of minutes?

The expression on these rower's faces sum up how wrong things have gone in a matter of minutes?

It's behind you: this photographer has no idea of the serious danger he has put himself in?

It's behind you: this photographer has no idea of the serious danger he has put himself in?

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