If you’re looking for a fun day out and something to fill the seemingly never-ending school holidays, the 54th Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition is just what you’re looking for. The light panels adorned with stunning wildlife imagery are enough to hold anyone’s attention! Open their eyes to a whole new world and plant the seed of appreciation for wildlife by introducing your little ones to images from around the globe.
Spare day at the weekend that needs occupying with something exciting? Or just looking to spend some time together as a family? The exhibition is perfect for everyone – including parents, grandparents and children alike. (Plus, you get a discounted ticket with families up to five members so its friendly on the purse strings too!)
What is Wildlife Photographer of the Year?
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is a prestigious photography competition that aims to showcase and encourage appreciation for wildlife, nature and the diversity of the world around us. Now viewed as the largest wildlife photography competition in the world, its roots stem way back to 1965. Although it has been a leading event for nature photographers from its humble beginnings (where there were three categories and about 500 entries!) it has grown considerably over the years. In 1984, the Natural History Museum launched their involvement with the competition and helped elevate it to the event we know it as today. Fast forward a couple of decades to the 2018 award which saw over 45,000 entries from both professional and amateur photographers across 16 main categories, 3 categories for under 18’s and 3 special awards.
Where Can I See the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition?
Wildlife photography is centered around documenting wildlife in its natural habitat. So, to keep in line with our natural environment, the winning photos are exhibited across the world – including the UK! Following the grand opening at the National History Museum in London, the winning submissions travel to each destination on light panels – 100 to be exact – for a truly immersive, one of a kind experience. These light panels are slimline light boxes and the photographs are placed on them to showcase every detail to its fullest. Each image has been chosen for its ‘creativity, originality and technical excellence’ so you can be assured that you’ll see some impressive pieces of work. The nature of the exhibition allows the masses to view the beauty of wildlife in all its intricate detail without interfering with the natural order. Take a look at the locations and dates below to see if one suits you, then it’s time to tag along and get involved.
The touring exhibition locations are
- Brighton Museum and Art Gallery from 17 May 2019 until 8 September 2019
- Corn Exchange, Newbury from 8 February 2019 until 24 April 2019
- Herbert Museum and Art Gallery, Coventry from 16 February 2019 until 2 June 2019
- Seaton Tramway, Devon from 10 March 2019 until 10 May 2019
- Dock Museum, Barrow-in-Furness from 15 June 2019 until 28 August 2019
- Wolverhampton Art Gallery from 29 June 2019 until 8 September 2019
We feel that simply writing about the winning submissions doesn’t do justice to how amazing the imagery is, so we wanted to give you a sneak peek at some of the entries. Plus, they might just inspire you to go and view them for yourself…
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018
Grand Title Winner
The golden couple by Marsel van Oosten, The Netherlands
Grand Title Winner 2018, Animal Portraits
“A male Qinling golden snub nosed monkey rests briefly on a stone seat. He has been joined by a female from his small group. Both are watching intently as an altercation takes place down the valley between the lead males of two other groups in the 50 strong troop. It’s Spring in the temperate forest of China’s Qinling Mountains, the only place where these endangered monkeys live.”
Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018
Grand Title Winner
Lounging leopard by Skye Meaker, South Africa
Grand Title Winner 2018, 15 -17 Years Old
“Mathoja was dozing when they finally found her, lying along a low branch of a nyala tree. And she continued to doze all the time they were there, unfazed by the vehicle. ‘She would sleep for a couple of minutes. Then look around briefly. Then fall back to sleep,’ says Skye.”
Hellbent by David Herasimtschuk, USA
Winner 2018, Behaviour: Amphibians and Reptiles
“It was not looking good for the northern water snake, clamped tightly in the jaws of a hungry hellbender, but it was a remarkable find for David. Drifting downstream in Tennessee’s Tellico River, in search of freshwater life (as he had done for countless hours over the past seven years), he was thrilled to spot the mighty amphibian with its struggling prey.”
Bed of seals by Cristobal Serrano, Spain
Winner 2018, Animals in their Environment
“A small ice floe in the Errera Channel at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula provides barely enough room for a group of crabeater seals to rest, and the cracks are starting to show. It’s the end of summer in the Antarctic, and so sea ice here is in short supply.”
The Adventure Starts Here
Read or seen something that’s taken your fancy? Gather your friends and family and enjoy an afternoon of gazing at some of the world’s most fascinating photography. You won’t regret it!
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London.