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The first award-winning images from this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition are released as tickets for the exhibition go on sale.
A programme of special events, including photography masterclasses and portfolio reviews, has also been announced.
Jasper Doest’s striking black-and-white photograph, The elegant crowd, above, captures the ordered beauty of the demoiselle cranes of Khichan, a village in India.
Photography fans and enthusiasts can learn from the best in the business at our series of WPY events throughout the exhibition's extended run.
Join renowned nature photographer Frans Lanting for a champagne reception in Hintze Hall as he tells the story of his life through pictures. Tickets to this event include an exclusive preview of the WPY exhibition.
Joe Cornish will host a photography masterclass with this year's winners, and photographers will be able to have their portfolio reviewed by experts from agencies, galleries and natural history publishers.
For 50 years, Wildlife Photographer of the Year has been the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights.
Launched in 1965, it attracted just 361 entries in its first year. Fast forward to this year and the competition received almost 42,000 entries from 96 countries, highlighting its enduring appeal.
From November 2014, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 collection will go on tour internationally, allowing millions of people across six continents to enjoy the work.
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is open from 24 October 2014 - 30 August 2015 at the Natural History Museum in London.