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Last chance to see nature at its best

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2005 closes 23 April

Time is running out for visitors to experience a display of nature at its most comical, resourceful and dramatic. Closing Sunday 23 April, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2005 showcases 84 thrilling shots of wildlife selected as the most inspiring and innovative from around the world.
 
'The talent of the photographers makes these the most impressive wildlife photos in the world,' said Deborah Sage, Competition Manager. 'They celebrate the richness of planet Earth and they are a must-see for lovers of art, travel and nature.'

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, organised by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine, is the most successful event of its kind. It is open to all photographers, and for the 2005 competition a panel of wildlife and photography experts scrutinised nearly 17,000 entries from over 55 countries.

All winning and commended images are also published in an accompanying book, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio 15, priced £25, which is available from the Museum Shop and all good booksellers.

The closing date for entries to Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2006 is 31 March. The competition is open to professionals and amateurs of all ages and an exhibition of the new winners will open on 21 October at the Museum.
 
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Notes for editors

  • The Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine should be mentioned as the competition organisers in editorial pieces.
  • For full UK regional and international tour details, please visit www.nhm.ac.uk/wildphoto .
  • The two overall winning titles, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, are selected from the category winners.
  • Microsoft Corporation is the digital technology sponsor for the competition.
  • A range of merchandise is available from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year website (www.nhm.ac.uk/wildphoto), the Natural History Museum and selected retail outlets throughout the UK.

Visitor information:
Dates: Saturday 22 October 2005 - Sunday 23 April 2006
Tickets: £6, £3.50 concessions, £15 family (up to five, minimum one adult), FREE to under 5s
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10. 00-17.50, Sunday 11.00-17.50
Visitor enquiries: + 44 (0) 20 7942 5000
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Museum website: www.nhm.ac.uk
Competition website: www.nhm.ac.uk/wildphoto


For further information, please contact:
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7942 5156 / 5654
Email: press@nhm.ac.uk