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The Natural History Museum will be displaying the winning images from its fifty-fifth Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at a special preview event at Number 10 Downing Street on Wednesday 16th October.
Hosted by the Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and at the Department for International Development, Zac Goldsmith MP, the attendees will include the judges of the prestigious awards, winning photographers, scientific and conservation leaders and twenty schoolchildren.
Natural History Museum scientists will also be exhibiting specimens of endangered species which relate to the themes of the photographs in the state rooms. Treasures from the Museum’s scientifically valuable collection, such as Charles Darwin’s pet octopus will also be on display.
Sir Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum says: “Never has this profound celebration of the natural world through photography felt more timely or more important to share with the decision-makers shaping our future. During this time of ecological crisis, these striking images have the power to challenge and spark a reaction - raising awareness of issues facing humanity and the planet, and stimulating debate.
“We are delighted to be able to display the winning images, alongside specimens from our collection and to help convene this meeting of the world’s leading wildlife photographers and eminent researchers at Number 10.”
International Environment Minister Zac Goldsmith says: “The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is a celebration of nature, and I commend the photographers for bringing these stunning images of wildlife across the globe into people’s lives.
“It’s a striking reminder of the beauty and importance of wildlife and their habitats and the urgent need to protect them for generations to come.”
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is a global competition. This year it attracted over 48,000 entrants from 100 countries, while last year’s exhibition was shown at 48 venues worldwide and was visited by 1.7 million people. It was recently displayed at the prestigious Chengdu Museum in Sichuan province in mainland China which was visited by 470,000 people during that period.
In January 2019, the exhibition was also displayed at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. The Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 Skye Meaker spoke about his passion for wildlife photography at a special event at Davos, sharing the stage with world-renowned conservationist Dr Jane Goodall.
The winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition will be revealed on Tuesday 15th October at a ceremony at the Natural History Museum, London, which owns, produces and exhibits the international competition.
Visitors will be able to see all the 100 awarded images in stunning lightbox displays at the Natural History Museum from Friday 18th October. The exhibition will then tour across the UK and internationally to locations such as Canada, Spain, the USA, Australia and Germany.
Open to photographers of all ages and abilities, the next Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition opens for entries on Monday 21 October 2019. Find out more at http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/wpy/competition.html
Associate sponsors for the upcoming exhibition at the Natural History Museum are renewable energy company Ørsted and digital camera manufacturer, Panasonic LUMIX.
Notes for editors
The Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum exists to inspire a love of the natural world and unlock answers to the big issues facing humanity and the planet. It is a world-leading science research centre, and through its unique collection and unrivalled expertise it is tackling issues such as food security, eradicating diseases and managing resource scarcity.
The Natural History Museum is the most visited natural history museum in Europe and the top science attraction in the UK; we welcome around five million visitors each year and our website receives over 850,000 unique visitors a month. People come from around the world to enjoy our galleries and events and engage both in-person and online with our science and educational activities through innovative programmes and citizen science projects.
The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, bioenergy plants and provides energy products to its customers. Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 6,300 people. Ørsted’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Orsted). In 2018, the group’s revenue was DKK 76.9 billion (EUR 10.3 billion). https://orsted.co.uk/en/About-us
Panasonic and LUMIX
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, and B2B businesses. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018, the company has expanded globally and now operates 591 subsidiaries and 88 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of Euro 61.4 billion for the year ended March 31, 2018. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers. To learn more about
Since the first LUMIX digital single lens mirrorless camera, the LUMIX G1, was launched in 2008, Panasonic is the only manufacturer to have devoted 10 years to the development of this innovative camera system. Panasonic will continue to focus on developing high-end digital cameras that meet the stringent standards of professional photographers and video creators. To find out more about Panasonic's line-up of cutting-edge digital cameras: www.panasonic.co.uk/lumix