We are delighted to announce that for the third year running, esteemed photographer, film-maker and environmentalist Jim Brandenburg will be chairing the competition.
The judges joining Jim will be announced shortly.
A word from Jim Brandenburg
Throughout Wildlife Photographer of the Year’s historic archive, there are moments of both extraordinary joy and sobering tragedy that together evoke awe, wonder and worry for our natural world.
For almost 50 years, Wildlife Photographer of the Year has pushed boundaries. In the 60s we raised wildlife and nature photography from a simple scientific record into an art form. In the 80s we conveyed environmental and conservation issues through a single image of startling clarity. And in this new century, by using technology to explore nature more deeply, we’ve piqued global curiosity with new ways of seeing a world otherwise lost in a blink. Now, as we launch our 50th competition, we are setting the stage for the future.
We’ve been listening to our community, reflecting on what we do well and perhaps what we could do better to herald our new dawn.
Underpinning our reputation is the vigour of our judging and our continuing commitment to ensure that every image is evaluated by at least two members of our honourable panel and that the same jury is involved in all stages of selection, ensuring coherency of vision. To truly illustrate the breadth of life on Earth, we have refined our categories. To capture those uniquely intimate moments of magic we have embraced new technologies. And to appreciate and foster both the youngest talents and most established names, we have created new awards and new prizes.
Now we can begin our 50th competition and our global search for fresh, thought-provoking, valuable work from photographers across the world, with emphasis on the total regard for the welfare of the animals and their environment. The images we want to see will reflect the beauty, mystery, fragility and richness of life. They will give a voice to subjects, places and issues that often go unnoticed, while interpreting the familiar in new ways. They will record life on Earth with courage, authenticity and hope and help us to communicate important messages to a global audience. And they will evoke emotions to emote change.
So, even in our 50th year, we remain true to our roots.
About Jim Brandenburg
A Minnesota native, Jim's award-winning work has been published worldwide and his photographs have won national and international awards. Four of his images were recently chosen to represent the 40 most important nature photographs of all time. He won the Kodak Wildlife Photographer of the Year award and has twice been named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographer's Association. He has also won the World Achievement Award from the United Nations Environmental Programme for using nature photography to raise environmental awareness.
Jim’s bestsellers include: Chased by the Light, Looking for the Summer, Brother Wolf, White Wolf, and Minnesota Images of Home. He has also published five young adult books.
Through his concern for the vanishing American prairies he formed the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation to help protect native prairies in Minnesota.
Jim’s work can be seen on his website, in the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Minnesota, and the non-profit gallery in Luverne, Minnesota.