You don’t have to climb a mountain, dive to the bottom of the ocean or come face to face with a man-eating tiger to be adventurous with a camera. Fantastic wildlife lives all around us – in parks, hedgerows and even your own back garden. If you have ever dreamed of becoming a nature photographer, now is the time to take your first step, by entering the twenty-first Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition.
The person crowned Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year will win £500 in prize money and spend a day in the field with an award-winning wildlife photographer. The winners of the three age categories – 10 years and under, 11–14 years old and 15–17 years old will each receive a prize of £250 while each runner-up will win £100.
‘It’s our twenty-first birthday – and we want everyone to join in our celebrations,’ says Sarah Kavanagh, Competition Manager. ‘This is a chance for talented young photographers to show us the world that surrounds them – nature that makes them smile, makes them sad or is surprising.’
Last year’s winner, Iwan Fletcher, began taking pictures of birds on a local beach near his home at the age of nine and was a category winner four times before taking home the top prize, Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2003.
‘The images of nature captured by young photographers can really make a difference to public attitudes, by showing people how important it is to protect the environment and wildlife for future generations’, said Sarah. The Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine co-organise the competition and exhibition as part of their commitment to help safeguard the extraordinary richness and diversity of the natural world.
The most striking and memorable image chosen from the three age categories will win one lucky photographer the top title of Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year. All the winning images will be on display at the Natural History Museum from October 2004 before travelling the UK and across the world. The winning images will also be published in BBC Wildlife Magazine, and in the best-selling hardback book, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio 14.
Entry forms are available in the February issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine and from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition Office at the Natural History Museum, by telephone on +44 (0) 20 7942 5015 or via the competition website www.nhm.ac.uk/wildphoto .
All entries must be submitted by 2 April 2004.
Notes for editors:
Tickets: £5, £3 concessions, £12 family, free to under 5s, NHM Patrons and Members
Hours: Monday to Saturday 10.00–17.50,
Public enquiries: 020 7942 5000
Nearest tube: South Kensington
NHM website: www.nhm.ac.uk
Competition website: www.nhm.ac.uk/wildphoto/
For further information, please contact:
Mairi Allan, Press Officer Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road,
London SW7 5BD
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7942 5156 / 5654
Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7942 5354
Issued: January 2004