This powerful collection of pictures features all the winning photographs from the prestigious 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
For 50 years, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has championed honest and ethical wildlife photography, while pushing the boundaries of artistic freedom, technical skill and narrative excellence.
These one hundred exceptional images represent the work of international photographers, both professional and amateur, who have been recognised in the 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – the most famous and prestigious event of its kind in the world.
The photographs were selected by an international jury for their artistic merit or originality from more than 41,000 entries, from 96 countries. The range of subjects, styles and photographic genres is vast. It includes extraordinary images of behaviour, evocative portraits, truly wild landscapes and thought-provoking reportage.
Presenting some of the very best wildlife images worldwide, this book provides a reminder of the wonder of the natural world.
The introduction to this portfolio is by Jim Brandenburg, chair of the competition’s judges and one of the world’s most respected photographers of nature. He has been a National Geographic magazine photographer for more than 30 years and has many award-winning books to his name. Jim is himself a past winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award.
The book is under embargo until the competition winners are announced in October 2014.
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, now in its 50th year, is an international showcase for the very best photography featuring natural subjects. The most innovative and imaginative photographic images are judged and selected by a panel of experts.
The chosen images form an exhibition at the Natural History Museum that tours the UK and worldwide throughout the year.
This world-famous competition is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.
Rosamund Kidman Cox is an editor and writer, specialising in wildlife and environmental issues and with a particular interest in photography.
She was editor of Wildlife Magazine, subsequently BBC Wildlife Magazine, for 24 years and has been a judge of the competition since 1981, launching it in its current form. She is on the executive committee of the International League of Conservation Photographers.