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Wildlife Photographer of the Year launches People’s Choice Award

Online voting open until 5 September 2014.

Lovers of nature photography can for the first time have their say in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition.

A new publicly decided category, the People’s Choice Award, recognises the high standard of this year’s entries and the competition’s landmark fiftieth year.

The new category offers up 50 images, pre-selected by the jury from more than 41,000 entries from almost 100 countries, for a global online vote.

The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards evening and will be a part of the 2014 collection of the world’s best images of nature.

The top five People’s Choice Award images will be displayed online, adding to the 100-strong portfolio chosen by the judges. The highly anticipated Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition goes on display at the Natural History Museum in London on 24 October before embarking on an international tour.

‘In this landmark fiftieth year we’re opening up the judging experience to the many wildlife photography fans that follow the competition so closely,’ said Tom Ang, member of the 2014 judging panel. ‘If you’ve ever puzzled over why one image wins out over another, this is your chance to have your say. But with so many outstanding shots and just one vote per person, the pressure is on to cast it wisely.’

Championing the discovery and enjoyment of the natural world through the power of photography, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most established competition of its kind.

Vote for the People’s Choice Award at .

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Notes to editors

  • The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.
  • Winner of Best of the Best in the Museums + Heritage Awards 2013, the Natural History Museum welcomes five million visitors a year. It is also a world-leading science research centre. Through its collections and scientific expertise it is helping to understand and maintain the diversity of the planet, with groundbreaking partnerships in more than 70 countries. For more information go to
  • BBC Wildlife Magazine helps its readers get closer to nature and to understand, experience and enjoy wildlife through spectacular photography and fascinating features. Find out more at