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Revealed: first 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year images

Four of the winning collection of images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition have been revealed, they are among 100 going on show at the Natural History Museum from 24 October 2014 – 30 August 2015.

Alongside the exhibition will be a special events programme starting with a unique masterclass from world renowned wildlife photographer Frans Lanting, exclusive preview of the exhibition, and champagne reception on 22 October. For more information and to book: www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy

To discover more about the stories behind the images visit the blog at www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy

A lone bat occupies a destroyed German WWII bunker in a remote forest in Poland in Winter hang out by Łukasz Bożycki. Jasper Doest’s striking black-and-white photograph captures the ordered beauty of the demoiselle cranes of Khichan that is The elegant crowd. Young photographer Marc Montes took Snake-eyes while trekking through the forest in the Val d’Aran, Northern Spain. Bernardo Cesare’s image Kaleidoscope was shot in India while examining granulite rock from a working quarry, portraying a crystal formation from a geological event half a billion years ago.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for 50 years, Launching in 1965 and attracting just 361 entries, today the competition receives almost 42,000 entries from 96 countries highlighting its enduring appeal.

This year’s 100 award-winning images will embark on an international tour in 2014 that allows them to be seen by millions of people across six continents. New for the fiftieth year will be a mobile site for visitors to access additional information on each image and a film featuring images from the past fifty years.

Exhibition information

Dates and times: Friday 24 October – Sunday 30 August 2015, 10.00–17.50 (last admission 17.15)

To book tickets: www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy Prices: Adult £12.60, child and concession £6.30, family £34.45 Adult £14*, child and concession £7.00*, family £38*

Visitor enquiries: 020 7942 5000 Nearest tube: South Kensington

Facebook: www.facebook.com/wildlifephotographeroftheyear

Twitter: @NHM_WPY

* Help the Museum by giving a small donation with your ticket. If you are a UK taxpayer we can then claim Gift Aid on the full value of your ticket, as well as your donation. This means that an extra 25p in each pound you spend will help fund the Museum’s work.

Media contact

For a wider selection of images or to arrange interviews with photographers or spokespeople, please contact Laura Horton at the Natural History Museum Press Office. Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5106 Mobile: +44 (0)7799 690151 Email: wildpress@nhm.ac.uk