The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020 exhibition at the Natural History Museum will open from 16 October 2020 until 6 June 2021. Winners will be announced virtually from the Hintze Hall, in the museum itself, on 13 October 2020.
The world’s longest-running global photography and photojournalism contest has returned with an array of striking images. A perching primate, perishing habitats and peeking possums are just some of the fascinating, thought-provoking images from the competition in its 56th year. The relationship between the photographer and their subject perfectly captures the complex relationship between us and our planet, which ignites curiosity about the natural world. Dr Tim Littlewood, Executive Director of Science at the museum and a member of the judging panel, stresses the vitality of encouraging active engagement with the natural world. This year, with the Australian bushfires and Greenland’s ice sheet beyond repair, we must appreciate “photography’s unique ability to spark a conversation,” he said. Notably the highly commended Charlie Hamilton James achieved this through his dramatic photograph of a lone tree surrounded by a vicious Amazonian forest fire. This year has also welcomed a proliferation of younger photographers, such as another highly commended photographer, Arshdeep Singh, 13 years old, who captured the austere eye-contact of a critically-endangered Douc. Following the unveiling of this initial exhibition, the photographs will embark on a UK and international tour, sponsored by renewable energy company, Ørsted, and camera manufacturer, Leica.
Tickets go on sale to members and supporters on September 1st, to ticket
holders for WPY55 who were unable to attend the exhibition due lockdown on Sept 2nd, and on general sale on the 3rd. To book, visit: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year.html