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First Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 images revealed

Playful seals, nuzzling bears and a valiant-looking bald eagle are featured in phenomenal images from the finalists of Wildlife Photographer of the Year's fifty-third competition.

The world-renowned exhibition opens on 20 October at the Natural History Museum in London, which runs the annual competition. 

These images and more are available to download for print and online use. Please contact for access and for the password.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases the world's best nature photography and photojournalism on one global platform - igniting curiosity about the natural world whilst shining the spotlight on wildlife photography as an art form. This year's competition attracted almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 92 countries.

The overall winners will be announced on 17 October at an awards ceremony in the Museum's stunning, recently transformed Hintze Hall. Winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence. As we contemplate our critical role in Earth's future, the images show the astonishing diversity of life on our planet and the crucial need to shape a more sustainable future.

After the flagship exhibition opening at the Museum, the images will embark on a UK and international tour, bringing the wonder and fragility of the natural world to millions beyond London.

Exhibition information

Dates and times: Friday 20 October 2017 - spring 2018

10.00-17.50 (last admission 17.15)

To book tickets:  

Prices from: Adult £14.00*, child and concession £8*

Free for Members, Patrons and children under four

Visitor enquiries: 020 7942 5000

Nearest tube: South Kensington


Twitter: @NHM_WPY

Instagram: @nhm_wpy

* Online booking prices including optional Gift Aid donation to the Museum.


The next Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, #WPY54, will be open for entries from 23 October to 14 December 2017. 

South Kensington exhibition sponsor

DONG Energy (NASDAQ OMX: DENERG) is one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe, headquartered in Denmark. Around 6,700 ambitious employees, including over 700 in the UK, are engaged in developing, constructing and operating offshore wind farms; generating power and heat from our power stations; providing energy to residential and business customers on a daily basis; and producing oil and gas. Group revenue was DKK 71bn (EUR 9.5bn) in 2015.

Notes to editors

Images and media contact

Download photographs for print use at For the password or to arrange interviews with photographers or judges, please contact:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5156
Mob: +44 (0)7799 690151

  • The acclaimed Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition showcases Earth's most extraordinary and revelatory sights, reflecting nature's beauty and diversity and highlighting the fragility of wildlife on our planet.
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year was founded in 1965 by BBC Wildlife Magazine, then called Animals. The Natural History Museum joined forces in 1984 to create the competition as it is known today. The competition is now solely run and owned by the Natural History Museum.
  • The competition is open to photographers of all ages and abilities, and opens for entries on an annual basis.
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio 27, edited by Rosamund Kidman-Cox, is published by the Natural History Museum and will be on sale as of 18 October 2017, priced £25.
  • 2017 marks a new era for the Natural History Museum. Diving through the heart of Hintze Hall, a gigantic blue whale skeleton leads a cast of natural world stars, telling the dramatic story of evolution, diversity in the world today and our urgent role in the planet's future.
  • The Natural History Museum exists to inspire a love of the natural world and unlock the big answers facing humanity and the planet. More than five million people visit the sites in South Kensington and Tring every year, and the website receives over 500,000 unique visitors a month. It is a world-leading science research centre, and through its unique collection and unrivalled expertise it is tackling issues such as food security, eradicating diseases and managing resource scarcity.