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First look: A preview of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022

An underwater wonderland, a disappearing giraffe and a treefrog pool party are just a few of the spectacular images included in the preview of Wildlife Photographer of the Year's fifty-eighth competition.  

The Natural History Museum will unveil the brand new, redesigned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibitionon 14 October 2022 in London. The new-look exhibition will feature 100 remarkable photographs that illustrate the precious beauty of our planet.

This year’s competition attracted entries from photographers of all ages and experience levels from 93 countries. Each entry was judged anonymously on its creativity, originality, and technical excellence by an international panel of industry experts. The winning images, including the prestigious Grand Title Award and Young Grand Title Award, will be announced on 11 October 2022 during an exclusive awards ceremony hosted by wildlife TV presenter and conservationist Chris Packham.

Among the newly released Highly Commended images is Tiina Törmänen’s otherworldly encounter with fish ‘flying’ through cloud-like algae, and Morgan Heim’s special interaction between a pygmy rabbit and a beetle in Washington State’s Columbia Basin. The contrast between the natural world and human infrastructure is artfully captured by Jose Fragozo in Nairobi, and Srikanth Mannepuri offers a sobering look at the scale of unsustainable fishing.

Dr Doug Gurr, Director of the Natural History Museum says, 'Captured by some of the best photography talent from around the world, the 100 photographs encourage curiosity, connection and wonder. These inspiring images convey human impact on the natural world in a way that words cannot – from the urgency of declining biodiversity to the inspiring bounce back of a protected species.’

Chair of the judging panel, Roz Kidman Cox says, ‘What’s stayed with me is not just the extraordinary mix of subjects in this year’s collection – a vast panorama of the natural world – but the emotional strength of so many of the pictures.’ 

After the launch of the flagship exhibition at the Natural History Museum, the exhibition will embark on a UK and international tour, bringing the emotive power of wildlife photography to millions of people. 

Global green energy company Ørsted is the associate sponsor for the upcoming exhibition at the Natural History Museum.

Notes to editors

Exhibition at Natural History Museum, London

  • Opens Friday 14 October 2022 and closes Sunday 2 July 2023. 
  • The exhibition is open Monday – Sunday, 10.00-17.50 (last admission at 16.30), and weekends sell out quickly.
  • Adult tickets from £17.00*, concession tickets £13.50*, and child £10.25* (*Prices excluding optional Gift Aid donation to the Museum.)  Book your tickets: www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year
  • #WPY58

Fifty-ninth Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

  • Opens for entries on Monday 17 October 2022.
  • Closing for entries at 11.30am GMT on Thursday 8 December 2022.
  • Entrants to the adult competition may enter up to 25 images for a £30 fee, which increases to £35 in the final week of the entry period from 11.30am GMT 1 December 2022 to 11.30am GMT 8 December. 
  • An entry fee waiver has been introduced for photographers entering the adult competition who live in these 50 countries.
  • Entrants aged 17 and under may enter up to 10 images for free.
  • Find out how to enter: www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy/competition

South Kensington exhibition sponsor

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Ørsted have been Associate Sponsor of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum since 2014. The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs, and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, renewable hydrogen and green fuels facilities, and bioenergy plants. Moreover, Ørsted provides energy products to its customers. Ørsted is the only energy company in the world with a science-based net-zero emissions target as validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Ørsted ranks as the world’s most sustainable energy company in Corporate Knights' 2022 index of the Global 100 most sustainable corporations in the world and is recognised on the CDP Climate Change a List as a global leader on climate action. Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 6,836 people. Ørsted's shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Orsted). In 2021, the group's revenue was DKK 77.7 billion (EUR 10.4 billion)


Images and media contact

Download photographs for print and online use: https://bit.ly/WPY58-PressPreview

To obtain the password, arrange interviews with photographers or judges or express interest in attending the Media preview of the exhibition at the Natural History Museum, please contact Josephine Higgins at the Natural History Museum press office:

Email: wildpress@nhm.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5654

About Wildlife Photographer of the Year: 

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 run and owned by the Natural History Museum, London. 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio 32, edited by Rosamund Kidman-Cox and with a foreword by Chris Packham, is published by the Natural History Museum is now available on pre-sale and will be on sale as of 12 October 2022, priced £25. 

About the Natural History Museum: 

The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most-visited indoor attraction in the UK last year. 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 accessed by researchers from all over the world both in person and via over 50 billion digital data downloads to date. The Museum’s 350 scientists are finding solutions to the planetary emergency from biodiversity loss through to the sustainable extraction of natural resources.   

The Museum uses its 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 millions of visitors through our doors each year, our website has had 17 million visits in the last year and our touring exhibitions have been seen by around 20 million people in the last 10 years.