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Wildlife Photographer of the Year welcomes the support of Leica Camera to help our focus to drive positive change

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is delighted to welcome Leica Camera as a sponsor for this year's exhibition at London’s Natural History Museum.

The annual exhibition showcases the winning images from the Museum’s long-running and respected competition, bringing together the world’s best nature photographers and wildlife journalists to drive positive change. With over 100 years of history, Leica Camera has long supported prominent wildlife photographers and figures as ambassadors who highlight wildlife issues— many have recognised in previous years of the awards.

This year’s first digital awards ceremony will be broadcast live from the Museum on social media platforms on 13th October. The exhibition will be open to the public from 19th October, with tickets on sale from 3 September. Following its run at the Natural History Museum, the exhibition will visit other venues in the UK and across the globe to inspire millions of people.

Seeing these breathtaking photographs will give people the chance to reconnect with the natural world at a time when people have been longing to rediscover its wonder. The exhibition’s stunning lightbox displays will enable visitors to experience these photographs in vivid detail and get up close to some extraordinary species, the lives they live and the challenges they face in adapting to human impacts and a changing environment.

Dr Tim Littlewood, Executive Director of Science, Natural History Museum says: “The Natural History Museum are delighted to have Leica's support behind this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in South Kensington, London. Amplifying incredible stories through the very best in nature photography, visitors to the exhibition will have the chance to see some of the world's most extraordinary species and animal behaviour up close in these 100 breath-taking images, selected from almost 50,000 entries.”

Jason Heward, Managing Director, Leica Camera UK comments: “Wildlife Photographer of the Year confronts us with, and connects us to, the beauty of the world. These incredible photographers capture the emotion and intimacy of nature, and in one split second can make us advocates for a better world. For more than a century, Leica has captured the world’s story and celebrated the wonder of life.”

Leica are committed to the creation and preservation of iconic photography – past, present and future – and the artists behind those images. Leica believes in the power of photography to tell compelling and sometimes challenging stories. The 100 images selected for this year’s exhibition have been whittled down from around 50,000 submissions from nearly 100 countries. Wildlife photography has especially emotive energy, able to move hearts and minds as a force for good. These pictures challenge us to consider both our place in the natural world and our responsibility to protect it. They speak louder than words and have the power to help save our beautifully diverse planet.

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About Leica Camera  

Leica stands for craftsmanship, design and experience. With over 100 years of history, the brand represents a beautiful combination of art and engineering with the future of form and functionality. Based in Wetzlar, the original birthplace of Leica, the German company is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. Leica’s legendary status is founded on its long tradition of excellence and supreme quality found in their cameras and lenses. Leica are committed to supporting the creation and preservation of iconic photography, past, present and future and the artists behind them.

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About the Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most-visited natural history museum in Europe. With a vision of a future in which both people and the planet thrive, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing humanity’s needs with those of the natural world.

It is custodian of one of the world’s most important scientific collections comprising over 80 million specimens. The scale of this collection enables researchers from all over the world to document how species have and continue to respond to environmental changes - which is vital in helping predict what might happen in the future and informing future policies and plans to help the planet.

The Museum’s 300 scientists continue to represent one of the largest groups in the world studying and enabling research into every aspect of the natural world. Their science is contributing critical data to help the global fight to save the future of the planet from the major threats of climate change and biodiversity loss through to finding solutions such as the sustainable extraction of natural resources.

The Museum uses its enormous global reach and influence to meet its mission to create advocates for the planet - to inform, inspire and empower everyone to make a difference for nature. We welcome over five million visitors each year; our digital output reaches hundreds of thousands of people in over 200 countries each month and our touring exhibitions have been seen by around 30 million people in the last 10 years.