Wildlife Photographer of the Year
We are excited to be partnering with the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the world-renowned exhibition showcasing the world’s best nature photography & wildlife photojournalism.
The world-renowned exhibition is the Natural History Museum’s annual showcase of the world’s best nature photography and wildlife photojournalism. Each year the Museum’s associated competition attracts over forty five thousand entries from some of the world’s most celebrated professional and aspiring wildlife photographers.
The exhibition features 100 acclaimed photographs from across the competition categories, which are judged by an international judging panel consisting of a diverse group of wildlife experts, editors, scientists and nature photographers.
A spotlight for both nature photography as an art form and the issues surrounding wildlife conservation, the winning images will be seen by millions of people around the world.
Winners of the 2018 competition will be announced at the Museum on Tuesday 16 October 2018, while the exhibition will run from 19 October. After the initial exhibition, the images will embark on a UK and international tour allowing a huge global audience to experience the images.
The 2019 competition will be open for entries almost immediately after the exhibition opens, from 22 October 2018, closing at 11.30am GMT on Thursday 13 December.
We are delighted to be an associate sponsor of the exhibition, with a number of our recent cameras being the perfect partner for wildlife photography. The LUMIX G9 can shoot silently at 20fps, with super fast and accurate autofocusing. With fantastic build quality, it’s the ideal camera to use in all kinds of weather conditions, while the system is light enough to be carried for long periods of time. The Four Thirds sensor means that the effective focal length of long lenses is doubled – ideal for getting close to nature without disturbing the habitat.
LUMIX People's Choice Award
Newly named from 2018 to reflect the recent partnership, the LUMIX People’s Choice Award is voted for by the public and is a very popular aspect of Wildlife Photographer of the Year. In 2017, the winning entry was taken by Canadian photographer Jo-Anne McArthur for her image of a lowland gorilla being rescued by Ape Action Africa. Other previous winners include Spain’s Mario Cea, India’s Thomas Vijavan and Marsel van Oosten from The Netherlands, demonstrating the global draw of the contest.
2017 Winner : Pikin and Appolinaire by Jo-Anne McArthur, Canada
Pikin, a lowland gorilla, had been captured and was going to be sold for bushmeat but was rescued by Ape Action Africa. Jo-Anne took this photograph as the gorilla was being moved from her former enclosure within a safe forest sanctuary in Cameroon to a new and larger one, along with a group of gorilla companions. She was first sedated, but during the transfer to the new enclosure she awoke. Luckily, she was not only very drowsy, but she was also in the arms of her caretaker, Appolinaire Ndohoudou, and so she remained calm for the duration of the bumpy drive.