A sneak preview of the planet's best photos from the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition are revealed today, as tickets go on sale for the exhibition opening at the Natural History Museum in October.
After 3 months, a jury of industry experts has hand-picked the best 108 images from almost 41,000 entries received from 95 countries.
Making an impression by Andy Rouse is highly commended in the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition’s Behaviour: Mammals category. © Andy Rouse
Two of the commended photographs from this year's prestigious international competition have been announced. They give a taster of what's to come later in the year when the winners are announced on 20 October, the day before the exhibition at the Museum opens.
Making an impression by Andy Rouse, from Caerphilly, Wales, is highly commended in the competition’s Behaviour: Mammals category. The image captures the moment that Akarevuro, a young male mountain gorilla, charged at Andy and his companions in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. This award marks Andy’s 15th in the competition and his 7th consecutive year of success.
13 year old Ilkka Räsänen from Joutseno, Finland, impressed judges with his beautiful use of light in the image Tern Style, which received a highly commended award in the 11-14 year old age category of the young competition. Illka has had 2 previous successes in the competition’s history.
Both images will feature in the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition opening at the Natural History Museum on 21 October 2011. The exhibition also tours nationally and internationally.
Interactive stations provide an insight into what the judges, scientists and the photographers think about each photograph.
Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine.
The competition uniquely combines the work of gifted amateurs, professionals and young photographers. It celebrates the beauty and magnificence of the world in which we live, as well as acting as a stark reminder of the fragility of nature.