The winners of the fifty-seventh competition were recently unveiled at an online awards ceremony broadcast live from the Museum to viewers around the world. The competition attracted more than 50,000 entries from 95 countries.
The result of extreme dedication and technical expertise, Creation by French Grand Title winner Laurent Ballesta captures camouflaged groupers emerging from their milky cloud of eggs and sperm in Fakarava, French Polynesia. Vidyun R Hebbar, 10, from India, received the Young Grand Title award for Dome home. Vidyun first entered the competition when he was just eight years old and loves to photograph the often overlooked creatures that live near his home.
The competition categories appeal to a wide range of interests and approaches, from observations of animal behavior and captivating animal photojournalism, to animal portraits, urban wildlife and underwater worlds. First introduced in last year’s competition, the Oceans – Overview and Wetlands – Overview categories will continue to highlight critical ecosystems.
The annual Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is free to photographers aged 17 and under, and cash prizes have been introduced for each winner of the three categories of the youth competition.
This year’s renowned jury includes renowned photographers, researchers, scientists, journalists and publishers. Chaired by renowned writer and editor Rosamund ‘Roz’ Kidman Cox OBE, the seven experts in their respective fields will come together online to select 100 of the most unique images of nature and wildlife. To win, professional and amateur photographers must impress the judges with their originality, storytelling and ethical practice.
Rosamund ‘Roz’ Kidman Cox OBE says: ‘Your work will be seen by millions of people around the world. You will be able to share your love of nature and your unique perspective on your own corner of the world. And any story or message your photo carries will have its impact multiplied. Indeed, there has never been a more crucial time to highlight the beauty and diversity of the natural world and what is happening to it.
Natural History Museum researcher and jury member Dr Natalie Cooper says, âI want to see images that showcase the incredible diversity and beauty of life on Earth. I hope these images can inspire us to learn more about the world around us and encourage us to fight to preserve it. ‘
The judges look forward to encouraging more entries from nationalities currently under-represented in the competition, as well as from girls and women photographers. As Soraia Salvador, Program Manager for Wildlife Photographer of the Year, says: âThere are talented photographers working all over the world, documenting and celebrating the diversity of nature and it is important that this variety of perspectives, from places and approaches is reflected in the winning entries and images. ‘
The Natural History Museum‘s annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit showcases the spectacular work of competition winners ahead of an international tour. Along with a substantial cash prize for the Grand Title winners, the 100 selected photographs will also appear in a limited edition hardcover book, on digital platforms and in global media.
To enter and for more details on the contest rules and prizes, visit