3 pairs of storks, 2 cars and 1 MiG-21

First glimpse of 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year images

September 1: These storks nesting high in a sculpture near Cáceres in Spain, is one of 100 finalists in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 competition. As well as this image by Francisco Mingorance, a further 10 images were released today by the competition organisers as part of the build-up to next month’s awards announcement and exhibition opening.

Francisco’s image is a finalist in the Urban Wildlife category. His photograph shows three pairs of storks high on this sculpture outside the Vostell-Malpartida Museum near Cáceres in Spain. The installation, by German artist Wolf Vostell, incorporates a Russian MiG-21 aircraft, two cars, pianos, computer monitors – and now, three huge nests, which the storks use each year, migrating from their overwintering grounds in southern Africa.

42,000 entries
The exhibition opens on 16 October at the Natural History Museum in London, which runs the prestigious competition. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is a global platform showcasing the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights. The competition attracted over 42,000 entries from both professionals and amateurs from 96 countries. The exhibition will feature the much-anticipated shortlisted and winning images, which reveal the richness and diversity of life on our planet and challenge the way we think about the natural world.

Judged by a panel of industry-recognised professionals, the images are selected for their creativity, artistry and technical complexity. The 100 shortlisted images – including the winning pictures – will also embark on an international tour spanning six continents, allowing millions of people to marvel at the beauty and variety of the natural world.

Exhibition information
Dates and times: Friday 16 October – Sunday 10 April 2016
10.00–17.50 (last admission 17.15)
To book tickets: www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy
Prices: Adult £12.60, child and concession £6.30, family £34.45
Adult £14, child and concession £7, family £38
Visitor enquiries: 020 7942 5000
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wildlifephotographeroftheyear
Twitter: @NHM_WPY

The October issue of Wild Planet (live September 15) will publish 10 of the 100 finalist images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

• Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London
• Image © Francisco Mingorance / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015

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