The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, has opened at the National Wool Museum. The 100 extraordinary images celebrate the diversity of the natural world, from intimate animal portraits to astonishing wild landscapes.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years.
“This is the fourth year the National Wool Museum has been the exclusive Victorian venue for Wildlife Photographer of the Year and this year is a particularly moving exhibition”, said Padraic Fisher, Director, National Wool Museum.
Winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence. Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives almost 50,000 entries from 92 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. This year’s 100 award-winning images will embark on an international tour that allows them to be seen by millions of people.
Among the finalists were five Australian photographers, two of which were category winners. Justin Gilligan’s stunning image of a Maori octopus feeding on giant spider crabs in Tasmania, “Crab surprise”, won the behaviour: invertebrates category and Gerry Pearce’s image of an Australian Brush Turkey, ”The incubator bird”, taken near his home in Sydney was the winner of the behaviour: birds category.
Sir Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum, says ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year is one of our most successful touring exhibitions, enjoyed by millions of people all over the world.