Prepare to be amazed, astounded and truly moved whilst viewing the 100 winning and highly commended images chosen from 45,000 entries. In its 54th year, the acclaimed Natural History Museum’s, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 competition showcases world-class nature photography at its best. Inspiring, stunning and emotional works can be seen, along with the photographers “story,” location and details of technical equipment used. The backlit images are beautifully displayed in a dimmed environment. The ambient soundscape encourages viewers to slow their pace and become absorbed within images which capture a unique moment in time.
The Wildlife Photography Exhibition is organised into different categories:
Behaviours: Mammals, Invertebrates, Birds, Amphibians and Reptiles
Compositions: Black and White, Animal Portraits, Creative Visions
Diversity: Earth, Animals, Plants and Fungi
Habitats: Under Water, Urban Wildlife
Documentary: Photojournalism single image/photo story
Rising Star: Portfolio award, 18-26 years old
Young Photographers: 10 years and under, 11-14/15-17 years old
People’s Choice Award
Lifetime Achievement Award
Grand Title Winners
Icy waters and Rough seas
The Wildlife Photography Exhibition, to me, isn’t just about the photographs. Whilst I appreciate and enjoy looking at the images, I equally love reading the accompanying “story.” When you learn that portfolios can be a year in the making, that someone has tracked across a desert or traversed an active volcano, plunged into icy waters, been up to their eyeballs in mud or downwind of a rotting carcass, you can really begin to appreciate the commitment, dedication and lengths people are prepared to go to, to capture extraordinary images.
Whilst I don’t pay any attention to the “kit” – if photography is your thing perhaps the technical details provided for each image are of interest.
My favourite Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 image is by Georgina Steyler, who won the Invertebrate Behaviour category. Entitled “Mud-Rolling Mud Dauber” I was completely mesmerised by theses industrious, ingenious wasps, rolling the mud into balls to make their nests.
Whilst visiting The Wildlife Photographer Competition of the Year 2018 exhibition, be sure to check out Hintze Hall. Climb the stairs for a great view of the vast blue whale skeleton.
Running until the end of June, don’t miss this inspirational exhibition. If you can’t make it to London, why not see if The Wildlife Photography Competition of the Year 2018 is touring near you.
“Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London”