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Vote for your favourite: Wildlife Photographer of the Year launches People’s Choice Award

Online voting open now, until 14.00pm (GMT) on Tuesday 2 February 2021.

The public are invited to have their say in the Natural History Museum’s prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition by voting for the winner of the People’s Choice Award. This year features everything from hare balls and bat women to majestic mandrills: www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy/peoples-choice

Ahead of the Natural History Museum reopening on 3 December, fans of wildlife photography around the world can choose their favourite from 25 images. The images were shortlisted by the Natural History Museum from over 49,000 image entries from across the world.

This year’s selection of images includes two endangered Iberian lynx kittens making an abandoned hayloft their playground, a family of beavers in their favourite feeding spot, a distinctive portrait of a Japanese warbonnet and a group of burrowing owls living in harmony with their human neighbours in Florida’s Ten Thousand Barrier Islands.

Voting ends on 2 February 2021. The winner will then be showcased in the popular Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum until 4 July 2021.

The top five People’s Choice Award images will also be displayed online, joining the winners of the fifty-sixth Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition chosen by the esteemed panel of judges and announced earlier this year.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum and offers a truly global platform for amateur and professional photographers alike. Using photography's unique emotive power to engage and inspire audiences, the competition and exhibition shine a light on stories and species around the world and encourages a future of advocating for the planet. The fifty-seventh competition is currently open for entries and will close on Thursday 10 December at 11.30am GMT.

Dr Tim Littlewood, Executive Director of Science at the Natural History Museum and member of the judging panel, says, ‘The People’s Choice Award provides the public with an opportunity to select images and stories from the natural world that move and intrigue them. This year’s shortlist includes a wide diversity of wildlife photography from a fragile planet. Whether assessing human-animal relationships, highlighting the plight of captive species or animals thriving in their environments, the public are in for a difficult decision!’

Vote for the winner of the People’s Choice Award here: www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy/peoples-choice

Associate sponsors for the exhibition at the Natural History Museum are renewable energy company Ørsted and camera manufacturer, Leica.

Photographers of all ages and abilities can enter the 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition right now. It’s open until 11.30am GMT on Thursday 10 December. 

Media contact

For access to high-resolution images or to arrange interviews with photographers, jury members or Museum spokespeople, please contact Josephine Higgins or Alex Killeen at the Natural History Museum Press Office.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5106

Mobile: +44 (0) 7799 690151

Email: wildpress@nhm.ac.uk

Website: www.wildlifephotographeroftheyear.com      

Facebook: www.facebook.com/wildlifephotographeroftheyear  

Twitter: @NHM_WPY

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Exhibition Sponsors

About Ørsted
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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, and bioenergy plants, and provides energy products to its customers. Globally, Ørsted is the market leader in offshore wind and it is constructing the world’s biggest offshore wind farms off the East Coast of the UK. Its UK offshore wind farms generate enough clean electricity for over three million UK homes. Ørsted ranks #1 in Corporate Knights' 2020 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 6,700 people, including over 1000 in the UK. Ørsted's shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Orsted). In 2019, the group's revenue was DKK 67.8 billion (EUR 9.1 billion).


About Leica
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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. https://uk.leica-camera.com/

Notes to editors

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.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio 30, edited by Rosamund Kidman-Cox and with a foreword by Chris Packham, is published by the Natural History Museum and is currently on sale at £25.

Touring venues in the UK include Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Epping Forest District Museum, Guernsey Museum and Art gallery, M Shed (Bristol), Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, Sewerby Hall and Gardens, The Base Greenham, The Beacon Museum (Whitehaven) and The Collection (Lincoln).

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.