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Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2006 closes 29 April

Time is running out to experience the best wildlife photography from the furthest corners of our world. Skilful hunters, wild mating rituals and dramatic vistas, have all been captured in Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2006. This exhibition of the world's most striking natural moments runs at the Natural History Museum until 29 April 2007.

The Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, owned by the Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine and sponsored by Shell, is the largest and most prestigious and successful event of its kind. It is open to amateur and professional photographers, and this year a panel of wildlife and photography experts scrutinised more than 18,000 entries from 55 countries for their composition and originality to find the winning shot.

Göran Ehlmé of Sweden was awarded Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2006 for his image Beast of the sediment which depicts a walrus whipping up the sediment at the bottom of the sea as it gorges on bivalve shells. Rick Stanley, 17, of the USA, was named Shell Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2006 for his image, The dilemma, which shows a Hispaniolan treefrog caught in the jaws of a green vine snake.

Beast of the sediment and The dilemma are displayed alongside all 92 winning, specially and highly commended images from the 2006 Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

The competition showcases the very best photographic images of nature to a worldwide audience, displaying the splendour, drama and variety of life on Earth. It also aims to show the artistry involved in wildlife photography and encourage a new generation of photographers to produce visionary and evocative interpretations of nature.

 
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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.

The two overall winning titles, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, are selected from the category winners.

Royal Dutch Shell plc is incorporated in England and Wales, has its headquarters in The Hague and is listed on the London, Amsterdam, and New York stock exchanges. Shell companies have operations in more than 145 countries with businesses including oil and gas exploration and production; production and marketing of Liquefied Natural Gas and Gas to Liquids; manufacturing, marketing and shipping of oil products and chemicals and renewable energy projects including wind and solar power. For further information, visit www.shell.com Shell is committed to supporting global biodiversity - through promotion of knowl edge and support of biodiversity conservation. For more information please visit www. Shell.com/biodiversity

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 fives
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


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