The prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, run by Londonâs Natural History Museum, has officially launched its annual global search for the most creative images of nature.
Welcoming amateur, professional and young photographers, the 53rd competition will be open for entries until 11.30am (GMT) on Thursday, 15 December, this year.
“Once again we’re making the call to the wild for photographers to show us what is really happening in the world around us,” said chair of the jury Lewis Blackwell. “Just 100 photographs will make the final edit, so the competition will be fierce.
“Only the strongest will survive – but fortunately it is talent, experience, hard work and perhaps just a little luck that matter more than brute strength.”
A range of categories, including Underwater, are designed to reflect the diversity of the world’s flora and fauna, and images are selected for their originality, artistry and technical complexity.
The 2016 contest saw almost 50,000 entries from 95 countries. Winning underwater photos were reported on Divernet on 19 October.
Finalists get the chance to attend an awards ceremony at the museum and see their image go on a world tour, be reproduced in a hardback book, and reach an audience of millions. The overall winner and young winner also receive cash prizes.
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