The Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition visits Newbury

The 57 World Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum, opens at The Base, Greenham today (Friday 4th February), with outstanding images that capture fascinating animal behaviour, species spectacular and breathtaking diversity of the natural world.

The images shine a light on stories and species around the world and encourage a future that defends the planet.

The prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition has provided a global platform to showcase the world’s most stunning and thought-provoking natural sights for over 55 years. Launched in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, the competition now receives some 50,000 entries from around the world.

© Sergio Marijuán, wildlife photographer of the year

This year’s award-winning images will tour internationally and be seen by over a million people.

With a record number of entries from 95 countries, the judges of the 57th Wildlife Photographer of the Year – an international panel of industry experts – had their toughest job yet – with each entry judged anonymously on its creativity, originality and technical excellence. .

Director of the Natural History Museum, Dr Doug Gurr, said: “These extraordinary images showcase the rich diversity of life on Earth and spark curiosity and wonder, telling the story of a planet under pressure, The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition illuminates the pressing challenges we face and the collective action we need to take.This year’s inspiring exhibition will move and empower audiences to defend the natural world.

© Lasse Kurkela, wildlife photographer of the year
© Lasse Kurkela, wildlife photographer of the year

Families are always welcome to visit the gallery but, on Parents and Babies Day (Thursdays February 17 and March 17), crayons and activity sheets will be available for toddlers during their visit. There is also a Relaxation Day (Thursdays, February 24 and March 24), where the number of admissions to the gallery will be reduced and additional staff will be on hand to provide support for those with additional needs.

Inspired by this exhibit, the Base held its own local competition, My Wild Life, which challenged budding photographers of all ages to capture the wonders of wildlife and the natural world. A panel of expert judges had the difficult task of shortlisting all the fantastic photographs for the general public to vote for their favourites. All finalist photos are displayed in the Runway Gallery at The Base.

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