Wildlife Photographer of the Year 54 Highlights to open at Tring

  |  Published: Oct 22nd 2018

Highlights of the world’s most prestigious nature photography exhibition will open atthe Natural History Museum at Tring on 16 November 2018.

The annual exhibition returns to Tring with stunning lightbox displays running until 10 March 2019. Wildlife Photographer of the Year 54 Highlights features 34 awe-inspiring images, depicting the incredible diversity of life on our planet, from displays of rarely seen animal behaviour to hidden underwater worlds.

Head of the Natural History Museum at Tring, Paul Kitching said,

‘We are really looking forward to welcoming back the highlights exhibition which presents the category winners from the fifty-fourth Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. This year’s collection of category winning images will showcase the beauty of the natural world and be displayed in back-lit light boxes creating an intimate and engaging experience. Wildlife Photographer of the Year 54 Highlights is the perfect exhibition to sit amongst the 4000 different animal species on display in Tring’s permanent galleries, celebrating the beauty and diversity of the natural world.’

The selection on display includes the category winners who were announced last week at the Natural History Museum in London. Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten was awarded the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 title for his extraordinary image, The Golden Couplewhich frames a pair of golden snub-nosed monkeys in the temperate forest of China’s Qinling Mountains, the only habitat for these endangered primates. The winning portrait captures the beauty and fragility of life on earth, and a glimpse of some of the extraordinary, yet relatable beings we share our planet with.

The free exhibition will also feature the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Sixteen-year-old Skye Meaker who took the award for his charming portrait of a leopard waking from sleep in Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana.

On winning the award Skye said,

“I first came to the Wildlife Photographer awards in 2014 and from then it was my dream to win the competition and to win the Young photographer of the Year award now is a dream come true my mind is blown and it’s the most amazing experience of my life. To win the award with an image of my favourite animal, Limpy the Leopard, makes it even better because I have grown as a person and photographer alongside this animal so it has made me really happy and it’s come full circle for me”

The full exhibition of 100 images of winners and finalists is on display at the Natural History Museum, London, until summer 2019. A touring version of the exhibition can also be seen at various locations around the UK.

Open to photographers of all ages and abilities, the next Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition opens for entries on Monday 22 October. Find out more at http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/wpy/competition.html

The Golden Couple © Marsel van Oosten
The Golden Couple © Marsel van Oosten. Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018, Grand title winner.
Lounging Leopard © Skye Meaker
Lounging Leopard © Skye Meaker. Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018, Grand title winner. Images courtesy Natural History Museum.
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