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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Coming to Shrewsbury Museum
05 Dec 2023

Stunning images have been unveiled ahead of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery from January 6th - February 18th, 2024. Pictured above: 'Snow Bison' by Max Waugh, USA (Highly Commended, Animal Portraits)

The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will open at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery on Saturday, January 6th. 

On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, the exhibition features exceptional images which capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breathtaking diversity of the natural world. Using photography's unique emotive power to engage and inspire audiences, the images shine a light on stories and species around the world and encourage a future of advocating for the planet.

image of a wildcat prancing over water

'The Catwalk' by Shashwat Harish, Kenya - Highly Commended (11-14 years)

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases some of the best photography talent from around the world for nearly 60 years. Launching in 1965, today the competition receives entries from 95 countries all over the world, highlighting its enduring appeal. The sixtieth Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition closes on December 7th, 2023. This year’s award-winning images will then embark on an international tour that will allow them to be seen by well over a million people. 

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery has been announced as one of the locations for the touring exhibition. 

“It is such a privilege to bring the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year to Shrewsbury," said Fay Bailey, Manager Shropshire Museums & Archives. "We hope visitors will be inspired by the extraordinary photographs on display which reveal such powerful stories and insights into the delicate balance of wildlife of our planet.”

Coral by Alex Mustard in beautiful orange and blues

Pictured above is 'Coral Connections' © Alex Mustard UK - Highly Commended, Under Water

This year’s competition attracted an astounding 49,957 entries from photographers of all ages and experience levels from 95 countries. During an intense week at the Natural History Museum in London, entries were judged anonymously on their creativity, originality, and technical excellence by an international panel of industry experts. 

The winning images, including the prestigious Grand Title Award winners, were announced on 10 October 2023 during a glittering awards show hosted by wildlife presenters Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin. 

Dr Doug Gurr, Director of the Natural History Museum, said: "We are facing urgent biodiversity and climate crises, and photography is a powerful catalyst for change. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition reveals some of nature’s most wondrous sights whilst offering hope and achievable actions visitors can take to help protect the natural world.’

Chair of the judging panel, Kathy Moran, added: "What most impressed the jury was the range of subjects, from absolute beauty, rarely seen behaviors and species to images that are stark reminders of what we are doing to the natural world. We felt a powerful tension between wonder and woe that we believe came together to create a thought-provoking collection of photographs."

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition opens at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery on January 6th, 2024 and will run until February 18th, 2024. To book tickets visit www.shropshiremuseums.org.uk/events/

Tickets £4.50 for age 16+ (accompanying children free)