© Yaz Loukhal, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Lumix People's Choice Award

Wildlife Photographer of the Year launches LUMIX People's Choice Award

Online voting open now, until 14.00pm (GMT) on Tuesday 4 February 2020.

The public can now have their say in the Natural History Museum’s world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition by voting for the winner of the LUMIX People’s Choice Award here: http://bit.ly/WPY-Lumix-peoples-choice-vote

Named to reflect LUMIX’s Associate Partnership with the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in London, the annual award recognises exceptional competition entries as chosen by the public. Fans of wildlife photography around the world can choose their favourite from 25 images, pre-selected by the Natural History Museum from over 48,000 image entries from 100 countries.

Shortlisted images are currently on display at the highly acclaimed Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, until the voting ends on 4 February 2020. The winner will then be showcased until the exhibition closes on 31 May.

The top five LUMIX People’s Choice Award images will also be displayed online at www.wildlifephotographeroftheyear.com joining the 100-strong winning portfolio chosen by the esteemed panel of judges.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the longest-running and most prestigious photography competition in the world.  Each year it sparks curiosity and wonder in millions of people, using the unique power of photography to sway both hearts and minds. Showcased all over the globe, the awarded images remind us of the impact of human activity and emphasise the urgent need to protect the planet and the species we share it with.

Tim Littlewood, Executive Director of Science at the Natural History Museum and member of the judging panel, says,

'The LUMIX People’s Choice images capture the essence of the competition; they all ignite a reaction about the natural world and make you see it differently. Showcasing breath-taking beauty, compassion and cruelty, it is impossible not to be moved by them – I think everyone who votes has a tough decision to make!'

Mike Owen, Professional Imaging Marketing Manager from Panasonic UK, adds, 'We are proud to support another year of the LUMIX People’s Choice Award, which continues to celebrate powerful, moving, and technically brilliant images as well as the talented photographers that capture them'.

Vote for the winner of the LUMIX People’s Choice Award here: http://bit.ly/WPY-Lumix-peoples-choice-vote

Renewable energy company Ørsted is also an Associate Sponsor for the exhibition, which is open until 31 May 2020.

Photographers of all ages and abilities can enter the 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition right now. It’s open until 11.30am GMT on Thursday 12 December.

Media contact:

To request images or to arrange interviews with photographers, please contact the Natural History Museum press office:

Email: wildpress@nhm.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7942 5654

Mobile (evenings and weekends only): +44 (0) 7799 690151

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Lumix UK channels

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Twitter:                      @LumixUK

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Sponsors

About 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 Panasonic:

http://www.panasonic.com/global

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

About Ørsted

The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs and operates offshore wind farms, bioenergy plants and innovative waste-to-energy solutions and provides smart energy products to its customers. Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 5,600 people, including over 900 in the UK. Ørsted's shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Orsted). In 2017, the group's revenue was DKK 59.5 billion (EUR 8.0 billion) https://orsted.co.uk/en/About-us

Notes to editors

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the Natural History Museum’s annual showcase of the world's best nature photography and wildlife photojournalism on one global platform. Seen by millions of people all over the world, the awarded images shine a spotlight on nature photography as an art form, whilst challenging us to address the big questions facing our planet.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Highlights: Volume 5, with a foreword by chair of the jury Rosamund Kidman-Cox, was published by the Natural History Museum on 18 October 2019.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year gifts featuring images from the People’s Choice shortlist are available now from the Natural History Museum online shop.

Natural History Museum members enjoy free, unlimited entry to every exhibition at the Museum including Wildlife Photographer of the Year, with access to a range of exclusive benefits.

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. It 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.

Contact

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