An imaginative eye, a love for the natural world and a camera are all it takes to enter the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, the world’s longest-running and most prestigious wildlife photographic competition. Open to both amateurs and professionals of all ages and nationalities, the competition last year attracted over 18,500 entries from more than 50 countries, including Poland, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, Finland and Brazil. This year a new category, Nature in Black and White, will offer an additional challenge to photographers. All entries must be submitted by 4 April 2005 to have a chance to win a share of the £16,500 prize pool.
Doug Perrine from the USA won the overall title Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2004 for his dramatic image of bronze whalers charging a baitball, and Gabby Salazar, also from the USA, became the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2004 with her image of a green anole lizard. Any category winner has the chance to carry off the grand title, with categories ranging from Animal Behaviour and Wild Places to the Underwater World and Urban and Garden Wildlife, and three age categories for photographers 17 and under.
Winning photographers not only receive a share of the £16,500 prize fund, they also see their images featured in a special supplement with BBC Wildlife Magazine. The winning images – those considered the most outstanding and memorable – together with at least 50 commended ones, will go on display at the Natural History Museum, London, from October 2005 before touring the UK and worldwide. They will also be published in a hardback commemorative portfolio book by the BBC.
Photographers have until 4 April 2005 to submit their entries. Entry forms are available in the February issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine, from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition office
(020 7942 5015) and on the competition’s website: www.nhm.ac.uk/wildphoto.
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Notes for editors
For further information, please contact: (not for publication)
Mairi Allan, Press Officer - Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The Natural History Museum Press Office
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7942 5156 / 5654
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7942 5354
Issued December 2004