The 2010 global search for the very best images of nature has been completed.
Today, the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine reveal two of the images that will help make up this year’s most prestigious showcase of wildlife photography, Veolia Environnement Wildlife
Photographer of the Year.
Oil beetle pose by Juan Jesus Gonzalez Ahumada is highly commended in the Animal Portraits
category. The black oil beetle is named after the toxic liquid it secretes if grabbed by a
predator. Close up, it reminded Juan of a beautiful alien.
Esa Malkonen’s image Back in, front out is highly commended in the Nature in Black and White
category and depicts the comings and goings of chinstrap penguins in a rookery in Antarctica.
Having paired up, a male and female will devise a rota so that one sits on the eggs for up to five
days at a time, while the other walks back to the sea to feed.
The competition, owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine has been
running since 1964 and is widely regarded as the most prestigious of its type. Each year an
exhibition of winning, runner-up and commended images makes its debut at the Natural History
Museum in London before touring Britain and venues around the world. More than one million
visitors are expected to have seen the exhibition once the tour is complete.
Chairman of the judging panel, Mark Carwardine said, ‘Now in its 46th year, the competition has
become the international measure for great wildlife photography. It plays a crucial role in raising
the profile of wildlife photography and stimulating an awareness of nature conservation as the
pictures are seen by millions of people around the world.’
The two preview images will be available for publication from Thursday 19 August to coincide
with the opening of ticket sales for the exhibition. Tickets to the exhibition will be available to buy
at the Museum or online at www.nhm.ac.uk/wildphoto/exhibition
Exhibition information for visitors: