the first of the 100 shortlisted images for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 were revealed at the start of September, with three underwater shots among the 18 released, providing a taste of the quality that can be expected in this prestigious competition Wildlife Photographer of the Year, now in its 54th year, is produced by the Natural History Museum (NHM), London. It is intended as a showcase for the world’s best nature photography and photojournalism, presented as an art form, and to “challenge us to consider both our place in the natural world and our responsibility to protect it”.
The winning images are selected on the basis of creativity, originality and technical excellence, says the NHM.
The images will be displayed at the museum from 19 October, just after the overall winners are announced, and remain there until next summer. They will also embark on a UK and international tour.
This year’s competition attracted more than 45,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries.
“We were captivated by the outstanding quality of the images entered into this year’s competition, which spoke volumes to us about the passion for nature shared by talented photographers across the world,” said Ian Owens, the NHM’s Director of Science and a member of the judging panel.
“I look forward to seeing the winning selection on beautiful lightbox displays in the exhibition. I’m sure the images will surprise and inspire our visitors, and raise awareness for threatened species and eco-systems.” Book tickets at nhm.ac.uk/wpy
The next competition is open for entries from 22 October to 13 December.