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A magnificent lioness, a glowing firefly larva and a fish looking for love are the focus of some phenomenal images from Wildlife Photographer of the Year's fifty-fourth competition.
The world-renowned exhibition opens on 19 October at the Natural History Museum in London, which runs the annual competition.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases the world's best nature photography and photojournalism. Through their ability to inspire curiosity and wonder, the 100 images showcase wildlife photography as an art form. They also challenge us to consider both our place in the natural world and our responsibility to protect it.
The overall winners will be announced on 16 October at an awards ceremony in the Natural History Museum's iconic Hintze Hall. Winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence. This year's competition attracted over 45,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries.
Ian Owens, Director of Science at the Natural History Museum and member of the judging panel, says, 'We were captivated by the outstanding quality of the images entered into this year's competition, which spoke volumes to us about the passion for nature shared by talented photographers across the world. I look forward to seeing the winning selection on beautiful lightbox displays in the exhibition. I'm sure the images will surprise and inspire our visitors, and raise awareness for threatened species and ecosystems.'
After the flagship exhibition opening at the Natural History Museum, the images will embark on a UK and international tour, bringing the beauty and fragility of the natural world to millions beyond London.
Associate sponsors for the upcoming exhibition at the Natural History Museum are renewable energy company Ørsted and LUMIX, Panasonic’s brand of digital cameras.
South Kensington exhibition sponsors
The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs and operates offshore wind farms, bioenergy plants and innovative waste-to-energy solutions and provides smart energy products to its customers. Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 5,600 people, including over 900 in the UK. Ørsted's shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Orsted). In 2017, the group's revenue was DKK 59.5 billion (EUR 8.0 billion) https://orsted.co.uk/en/About-us
About Panasonic and LUMIX
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, and B2B businesses. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018, the company has expanded globally and now operates 591 subsidiaries and 88 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of Euro 61.4 billion for the year ended March 31, 2018. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers. To learn more about Panasonic: http://www.panasonic.com/global
Since the first LUMIX digital single lens mirrorless camera, the LUMIX G1, was launched in 2008, Panasonic is the only manufacturer to have devoted 10 years to the development of this innovative camera system. Panasonic will continue to focus on developing high-end digital cameras that meet the stringent standards of professional photographers and video creators. To find out more about Panasonic’s line-up of cutting-edge digital cameras: www.panasonic.co.uk/lumix
Images and media contact
For access to images or to arrange interviews with photographers or judges, please contact Zoë Summers at the Natural History Museum press office:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5156 Mob: +44 (0)7799 690151
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