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Finding the world's best wildlife photos

12 January 2006

The search has begun for the most amazing photographs of nature in this year's Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Enthusiasts and professionals of all ages and nationalities have until 31 March 2006 to enter their best pictures in the world's largest and longest-running wildlife photography competition.

Egret in the snow. Winner, Eric Hosking Award. © Bence Máté (Hungary).

Egret in the snow. Winner, Eric Hosking Award. © Bence Máté (Hungary).

Winners will receive a share of the £15,500 prize pool and will see their images displayed at the Natural History Museum and in BBC Wildlife Magazine.

From 20 February photographers from across the globe will be able to enter the competition online through the website.

'I look for an image that has impact on the page, that is more than a pretty picture or a beautiful shot - it needs originality, something that stands out.'
Lewis Blackwell, Wildlife Photographer of the Year judge 2005

A new category for 2006, Creative Visions of Nature , encourages photographers to innovate more than ever when capturing wildlife and its environment.

Organised by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine , last year's competition received nearly 17,000 entries from more than 55 countries including New Zealand, Argentina, India, Spain and Canada.

Entry forms are available in the February issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine, and from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition Office (+ 44 (0) 20 7942 5015). Entry forms will also soon be available by downloading forms (in various languages) from the website, www.nhm.ac.uk/wildphoto.