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by Larissa Gill October 30, 2018

The Natural History Museum, London attracts millions of visitors each year; no surprises then that competitions held are also unequivocally popular, with over 45,000 entries for last years Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition.

Now in its 54th year their current Wildlife Photographer 2018 exhibition is showcasing until 30th June 2019. Following this the exhibition will tour across the UK and internationally.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is a title to behold in high regard. This open competition has championed ethical wildlife photography while pushing the boundaries of artistic creativity, narrative excellence and technical skills from both amateurs and professionals across 95 countries. Capturing animal behaviour, rare sights and the sheer diversity of the natural world.

The cover photograph (above) titled The golden couple by Marsel van Oosten, of The Netherlands became the Grand Title Winner of 2018, Animal Portraits. Taken in Qinling mountain range, China, of endangered golden snub-nosed monkeys. This composition highlights the striking blue faces which contrast beautifully against the forest foliage. This must have been challenging, but rewarding to capture in their natural habitat.

Entries for 55th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition 2019 are now open.
Competition closes on 13th December 2018 at 11.30am.
Online entry form here

Are you interested in taking part but overwhelmed with inspiration? Perhaps aim towards one of 16 categories, all open to ages 18 and over.


Pipe Owls by Arshdeep Singh, India

That's not all, under 18's can get involved too!
This pair of spotted owlets above was snapped by Arshdeep who used his fathers camera, he became winner of 10 years and under category 2018. Yes under 10's. Phenomenal.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year  -  Young competition is split into three age tiers. Closing date as above.
10 years and under
11-14 years
15-17 years.

This is an internationally renowned competition, the prizes and awards are prestigious with selected winning works also exhibited at the NH museum in late 2019.
For further information head to the NHM website

All photography used with permission, rights reserved to the artists.
Larissa Gill
Larissa Gill


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