Tuesday 12 February 2019

54th Wildlife Photographer of the Year

#expeditioncruising .

The largest wildlife photography competition in the world, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, is opening at the Australian National Maritime Museum on 7 March, with discounted pre-sales opening today.

100 breathtaking photographs have been shortlisted from over 50,000 entries from 92 countries, and celebrate the diversity of the natural world, from intimate animal portraits to astonishing wild landscapes. The competition has grown exponentially from its launch in 1965 which saw 361 entries.

The exhibition arrives in Sydney at the National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, before touring around the country, and the world – the global tour providing a platform for them to be seen by millions of people.

“The golden couple,” Marsel van Oosten, The Netherlands, Grand Title Winner 2018, Animal Portraits

For more than 50 years, Wildlife Photographer of the Year has championed ethical wildlife photography while pushing boundaries of artistic freedom, narrative excellence and technical skill.

2019 will see three Australians in the finals:

  • Georgina Steytler, Mud-Rolling Mud-Dauber, Winner, Behaviour: Invertebrates, 2019
  • Justin Gilligan, Dinner for Two, Highly commended, Behaviour: Invertebrates, 2019
  • Robert Irwin, The Catch, Highly commended, 11–14 Years Old, 2019

Winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence.

“We are thrilled to be launching this popular and innovative exhibition here in Australia. One of the Museum’s main objectives is conservation of our beautiful marine ecosystems and this competition raises awareness about the beauty and the fragility of the natural world,” comments Kevin Sumption, Director of the Australian National Maritime Museum.

“This is one of the most prestigious photography competitions in the world and we are delighted that Sydney audiences can once again enjoy these unforgettable and inspiring images at the Australian National Maritime Museum.”

Sir Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum, says ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year is one of our most successful touring exhibitions, enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. The awarded images shine a spotlight on nature photography as a work of art, whilst raising questions about our crucial role in shaping a sustainable future.’

Come and see the world through a new lens.

To find out more about Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Australian National Maritime Museum and to buy tickets, visit https://www.sea.museum/wildlife

Buy pre-sale tickets before 6 February and receive 20% off the Big Ticket, which includes Wildlife Photographer of the Year, James Cameron exhibition and access to all Museum vessels.

The Big Ticket is $32 ($25.60 pre-sale) for adults, $20 ($16 pre-sale) for children and concessions, $79 ($63.20 pre-sale) for families.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for children and concessions, $50 for families.

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