Nature needs your help

It has never been more crucial to show how human actions are shaping the natural world

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition shines a vital spotlight on species and ecosystems in crisis, bringing the most important wildlife stories to people all around the world.

But the Natural History Museum is a charity and we need your help to do more.

Help us to harness the power of photography to advance scientific knowledge, spread awareness of important issues and nurture a global love for nature. 

A polar bear performs in a circus

A captive polar bear wears a wire muzzle while performing in the world's only polar bear circus. By Kirsten Luce

Wildlife Photographer of the Year photographer Dhritiman Mukherjee teaches photography skills to a group of young people.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year photographer Dhritiman Mukherjee shares his photography skills with young people in Kolkata, India.

Shaping young minds through photography

We are working globally to amplify, champion and celebrate the voices of young people through the art of nature photography.

Our new initiative Young Minds for a Compassionate World connects world-leading photographers and industry professionals with young people around the world. The project provides participants with the skills they need to photograph and share their local nature, all with the aim of tackling the planetary emergency.


The impact of an image

The Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition sheds light on some of the most extensive and damaging crimes against nature.  

From recording the impact urban development is having on habitats to documenting the effects of our unsustainable demands on the planet, our wildlife photojournalists are bringing the important stories to the attention of people all around the world.

Your support can help us to continue to highlight these crimes against the natural world. 


A mass of dead fish are floating on the surface of the ocean and a small fishing boat responsible for the huge catch can be seen on the horizon.

A mass of dead herring cover the ocean in Audun Rikardsen's image Net loss. This photograph was later used in court to help convict those responsible. 

A diver holds a photograph of a healthy coral reef in front of a dead reef

David Doubilet has been diving along the Great Barrier Reef for more than 30 years. His images are a record of the impact that climate change has had on a once vibrant ecosystem.

Furthering our knowledge

Many Wildlife Photographer of the Year photographers are also practicing scientists. Their photographic work allows them to study, often in minute detail and over time, the subjects that matter most in their fields. 

Your donation can help scientists to document and observe species, broadening our understanding of the natural world and helping to unlock the answers to the big questions we face -  before it's too late. 


The beauty of nature

For many, wildlife photography is an opportunity to celebrate and enjoy the beauty of animals and environments that would otherwise be out of reach.

The incredible images that are exhibited each year document some of the most remote parts of the world and celebrate the beauty of nature both near and far. 

Your support can help us continue to inspire the next generation of nature advocates.

A photo of a group of young Pallas's cats on a mountainside

Shanyuan Li captures this rare scene of playful Pallas's cat kittens in their natural habitat - the remote grasslands of rural China. 

Explore the threats facing our oceans and the world of potential solutions with Wildlife Photographer of the Year


Make a donation

£5 could help us digitise a specimen for climate research

£10 could help us freeze a bee for our collections

£20 could help us do a Red List assessment for a threatened species

£50 could help us fund a field trip to understand biodiversity loss

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