Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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Don Gutoski: 'Tale of Two Foxes'. Winner of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015. © Don Gutoski
© Amir Ben Dov
© Britta Jaschinski
© Edwin Giesbers
© Jonathan Jagot
© Michael AW
Ondrej Pelánek: 'Fighting Ruffs'. Winner Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015. © Ondrej Pelánek
© Pere Soler
© Richard Peters
Natural History Museum , Brompton Until Sunday April 10 2016

The prestigious nature photography competition returns this October.

Now in its fifty-first year, the renowned and celebrated annual wildlife photography competition exhibition returns to the Natural History Museum with images of the most extraordinary species on the planet, captured by professional and amateur photographers.

The overall winner of this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year is amateur photographer Don Gutoski for his beautiful and rather bloody 'Tale of two foxes', taken in the subarctic climes of Cape Churchill, Canada. Fourteen-year-old Ondrej Pelánek from the Czech Republic won the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 title for his image 'Fighting ruffs'. It's not all nature red in tooth and claw, though. Among the images you'll see are a stunning underwater shot of a whale by Michael AW, while urban wildlife lovers will be pleased to see Richard Peters's image of a shadow of a fox on a garden wall.

Please note that last entry to the exhibition is daily at 5.15pm.

Venue name: Natural History Museum
Address: Cromwell Road
Opening hours: Daily 10am-5.50pm (last admission 5.30pm)
Transport: Tube: South Kensington
Price: £13.50, £6.75 children & concs
Event website: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy

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The Wildlife photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum is great recommendation for anyone who loves nature, photography and travel. This is a regular event that occurs yearly and has been going strong for the last 40 years. Well presented and offers the ideal setting with each picture accompanied with a story behind the shot. Go and feel totally inspired by all the pictures and it is great to see such great works coming from younger photographers as well. This provides an ideal opportunity for a bit of escapism from the everyday realities of life and really makes the viewer, appreciate the natural world at its very best.

Kritt N

As much as I love exhibitions and galleries, I have always been reluctant to pay and see ticketed galleries especially when the other free stuff around the museum is already pretty amazing.  But boy, was this gallery incredible.

Showcasing some of the most incredible shots of mother nature and how it interacts with some of the most amazing species on earth, the picture on display is diverse ranging from urban animals, to arctic bears and underwater marvels. 

Accompanying each photograph are short paragraphs explaining the story behind each shot: what's happening in the photo, what each image is trying to capture, and to the budding photographer out there, helpful information about the camera setting and equipment used which helped capture the shot.

The gallery is housed in a darkened room which I felt helped me immerse myself in the gallery and the photographs were presented really nicely on backlit panels which really helps illustrate the clarity of the images as well as make the image and it's subject really pop out. 

I was amazed at the clarity of the photograph and even more so at the age of some of the photographers - as young as 10! It was also amazing to see pictures captured from the most desolate of places and it's just amazing the lengths these talented photographers went to capture these pictures for our viewing pleasure

With such a diverse range and large number of photos on display, you can be sure you'll find an image that will stick with you.

Like I say, I have for most part been reluctant to pay for ticketed exhibition. Having seen this, I think I'm more willing to pay and see more galleries and exhibitions like this in the future. This is an exhibition definitely worth seeing.