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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017

Arctic treasure | Sergey Gorshkov, Russia | Finalist 2017, Animal Portraits | Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Press release • First Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 Images Revealed

Playful seals, nuzzling bears and a valiant-looking bald eagle are featured in phenomenal images from the finalists of Wildlife Photographer of the Year's fifty-third competition.

The world-renowned exhibition opens on 20 October at the Natural History Museum in London, which runs the annual competition.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases the world's best nature photography and photojournalism on one global platform - igniting curiosity about the natural world whilst shining the spotlight on wildlife photography as an art form. This year's competition attracted almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 92 countries.

The overall winners will be announced on 17 October at an awards ceremony in the Natural History Museum's stunning Hintze Hall, which was recently transformed with a blue whale skeleton, Hope, diving through its heart. Winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence. As we contemplate our critical role in Earth's future, the images show the astonishing diversity of life on our planet and the crucial need to shape a more sustainable future.

After the flagship exhibition opening at the Natural History Museum, the images will embark on a UK and international tour, bringing the wonder and fragility of the natural world to millions beyond London.

Exhibition information
Dates and times: Friday 20 October 2017 – spring 2018 10.00-17.50 (last admission 17.15)
To book tickets: www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy
Prices from: Adult £14.00*, child and concession £8* Free for Members, Patrons and children under four Visitor enquiries: 020 7942 5000
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wildlifephotographeroftheyear
Twitter: @NHM_WPY
Instagram: @nhm_wpy

Competition
The next Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, #WPY54, will be open for entries from 23 October to 14 December 2017. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/wpy/competition.html

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London.

We'll be showcasing some of the breathtaking images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 in an upcoming issue, but below are a few of the finalists:

Bear hug | Ashleigh Scully, USA | Finalist 2017, Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, 11-14 Years | Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017

Saved but caged | Steve Winter, USA | Finalist 2017, The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image | Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017

Romance among the angels | Andrey Narchuk, Russia | Finalist 2017, Behaviour: Invertebrates | Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017

Glimpse of a lynx | Laura Albiac Vilas, Spain | Finalist 2017, Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, 11-14 Years | Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017

Bold eagle | Klaus Nigge, Germany | Finalist 2017, Animal Portraits | Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017

Sewage surfer | Justin Hofman, USA | Finalist 2017, The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image | Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017

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