First Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020 images revealed

The Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases the world's best nature photography and photojournalism, offering a global platform for amateur and professional photographers alike. Using photography's unique emotive power to engage and inspire audiences, the 100 images shine a light on stories and species around the world and encourage a future of advocating for the planet.

A fire burns out of control, burning forest in the Brazilian State of Maranhão. Most fires are started to clear land for cattle and agriculture - the fires get out of control due to increasingly dry conditions in the Amazon and burn surrounding forest. Maranhão, Brazil © Charlie Hamilton James - Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Among the newly revealed Highly Commended images is thirteen-year-old Arshdeep Singh's image of a douc, a critically-endangered primate, surrounded by the lush and verdant greens of its environment and maintaining eye contact with the viewer. Charlie Hamilton James's image of a lone tree surrounded by the vicious flames of a forest fire stands as a testament to human impact upon the Amazon rainforest and the damage being done to the natural world.

The overall winners, including the prestigious Grand Title winners, will be announced on 13 October. For the first time, the awards ceremony will be conducted virtually from the Natural History Museum's iconic Hintze Hall. Winning images are selected for their creativity, originality, and technical excellence by an international panel of industry experts. This year's competition attracted almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across the world.

Chair of the judging panel, Roz Kidman Cox, says 'Several of my favourite images from the competition – the ones that I can look at again and again – are among the commended pictures. But then all the commended images are effectively winners, being among the top 100 awarded by the jury out of more than 49,000. The diversity of subjects and styles this year is memorable, with more than 25 different nationalities represented. But what especially stands out are the images from the young photographers – the next generation of image-makers passionate about the natural world.'

Peeking Possums by Gary Meredith
Highly Commended, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020 © Gary Meredith, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Dr Tim Littlewood, Executive Director of Science at the Natural History Museum and member of the judging panel, says, 'This competition has an outstanding reputation in attracting the world's very best photographers, naturalists and young photographers. But there has never been a more vital time for audiences all over the world to reengage with the natural world, and what better way than this inspiring and provocative exhibition. Photography's unique ability to spark conversation and curiosity is certainly special. We hope that this year's exhibition will provide an opportunity for audiences to pause, reflect and ignite a passion of advocating for the natural world.’

After the flagship exhibition is unveiled at the competition's home, the Natural History Museum, the images will embark on a UK and international tour, bringing the beauty and fragility of the natural world to millions of people.

Associate sponsors for the upcoming exhibition at the Natural History Museum

Exhibition information:

Dates and times: Friday 16 October 2020 – Sunday 06 June 2021
11.00-17.50 (last admission at 17.15)

Tickets go on sale to members and supporters on the 1st of September, to ticket
holders for WPY55 who were unable to attend the exhibition due lockdown on the 2nd
and on general sale on the 3rd.
To book tickets:

Prices from: Adult £16.50*, child £9.95*, concession £13.25*
Visitor Enquiries: 020 7942 500

Nearest tube: South Kensington
Twitter: @NHM_WPY
Instagram: @nhm_wpy
Hashtag: #WPY56

Online booking is required for entry.

* Prices including optional Gift Aid donation to the Museum.

Competition opens for entries
The fifty-seventh Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition will open for entries on Monday 19 October 2020 and close at 11.30am GMT on Thursday 10 December 2020. Open to everyone, the competition is judged anonymously and welcomes entries from photographers of all ages and abilities. This year will see new categories added to the competition to encourage entries focussed on our impact on the planet:

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