Diving into freezing cold oceans, perching on treetops, stalking through savannah and remaining motionless for hours – such is the dedication of wildlife photographers to capture the perfect image. Their hard work will soon be acknowledged as suspense mounts for the announcement of this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition winners on 20 October. The overall winner will gain the prestigious title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2004 as their winning photograph takes centre stage in a major exhibition of award-winning images at the Natural History Museum, opening on Saturday 23 October.
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, organised by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine, is the most prestigious and successful event of its kind in the world. Amateur and professional photographers can enter and the 2004 competition attracted over 18,500 entries from more than 50 countries. This year, judges chose 90 winning and commended photographs, which will form the exhibition at the Natural History Museum, and tour across five continents after its London debut.
‘The Wildlife Photographer of Year Competition heightens the standard for wildlife photography every year,’ said Louise Grove-White, Competition Manager. ‘The winners’ portfolio is internationally recognised as the most exciting photography collection of the natural world, which appeals to enthusiasts of art, nature, photography and design everywhere.’
Every picture tells a story, and each image in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is captioned to reveal the tale of how and why it was taken. For most wildlife photographers, raising awareness of the threats faced by animals, plants and habitats is just as important as capturing the beauty of a moment with perfect composition and timing.
The competition’s aim is to showcase the very best photographic images of nature to a worldwide audience, showing the splendour, drama and variety of life on Earth and inspiring people to care for its future. At the same time, it aims to show the artistry involved in wildlife photography and encourage a new generation of photographers to produce visionary and expressive interpretations of nature.
All prize-winning pictures will be reproduced in a special souvenir brochure with the November issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine. The winning and commended images will also be published by the BBC in a commemorative book, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio 14, priced £25, available from the Museum’s bookshop, bbcshop.com and all good retailers.
Notes for editors:
Dates: Saturday 23 October 2004 – Sunday 17 April 2005
Tickets: £5, £3 concessions, £12 family, free to under 5s, NHM Patrons and Members
Open: Monday to Saturday 10.00–17.50, Sunday 11.00–17.50
Visitor enquiries: 020 7942 5000
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Museum website: www.nhm.ac.uk
Competition website: www.nhm.ac.uk/wildphoto
For photographs, to arrange interviews or for further information, please contact:
Mairi Allan, Sarah Hoyle or Becky Chetley
The Natural History Museum Press Office
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7942 5156 / 5654
Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7942 5354
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Not for publication)
Issued: July 2004