Follow the much loved exhibition on its international tour where the images are seen by families, wildlife enthusiasts and decision-makers across the world.
Featured in museums, art galleries, festivals and international conferences, Wildlife Photographer of the Year encourages its visitors to consider their responsibility to protect our planet's breathtaking biodiversity.
The WPY 56 tour opens in Birmingham
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is an annual highlight of the Natural History Museum's touring exhibition portfolio. New displays open around the world and this year is no exception. New partners, both within the UK and further afield, are preparing to host the exhibition on its global tour visiting 20 venues in 10 countries.
The very first venue to open this year after the London launch is Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
Birmingham last played host to Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2010, and the Touring Exhibitions team is pleased to work with another branch of Birmingham Museums Trust who will welcome the fifty-sixth edition of Wildlife Photographer of the Year to the spectacular Gas Hall.
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery will open Wildlife Photographer of the Year on 17 October 2020.
Gum Kenth, Museum Manager at Birmingham Museums Trust said, 'We're honoured to be displaying the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery this year. It's a world-renowned spectacle that showcases the beauty and fragility of the natural world and we're so pleased to be able to bring it to Birmingham.
'This year in particular many of us have connected with the environment like never before, exploring the nature on our doorstep on a deeper level, and we know these remarkable images and the stories behind them will fascinate everyone who visits.
'The exhibition is part of our reopening plans and it's going to be one of the highlights for visitors over the months ahead!'
2020 World Economic Forum
Cruz Erdmann, Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019, took part in the World Economic Forum's 2020 Annual Meeting. He was joined by world-renowned marine biologist Dr Sylvia Earle in a panel discussion on underwater photography and ocean conservation.
For the second year in a row, images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition were presented at the Forum as a large-scale projection installation. We were proud to showcase a selection of breathtaking images at a time when international dialogue and debate about the challenges facing the natural world has never been more pressing.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year, a celebration
In 2020, the Geneva Natural History Museum (Muséum d'histoire naturelle de Genève) turns 200 and is celebrating with a display of the award-winning images from the fifty-fith annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
When it first opened to the public in 1820, the Geneva Natural History Museum displayed objects and specimens from the cabinets of curiosities owned by local researchers. Two centuries later, it is the country's largest natural history museum, with an important collection and a team of passionate scientists devoted to researching the natural world. Like the Museum in London, which will soon turn 150, the celebration of wildlife and its breath-taking diversity are at the heart of its mission.
Showed for the first time at the Geneva Natural History Museum, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition aligned perfectly with the Swiss institution's annual programme of celebratory exhibitions and events, sharing remarkable stories about our planet and inspiring greater understanding of the challenges we are all facing. The exhibition is on display in Geneva until June 2021 and will conclude the international tour of the images from the fifty-fith annual competition.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Forte di Bard
Forte di Bard is one of the most fascinating venues to regularly host Wildlife Photographer of the Year. It is a majestic nineteenth century fortress nestled within the Alpes in north-western Italy's Aosta Valley. The fortress, surrounded by the magnificent but fragile Alpine ecosystem, is a fitting location for the exhibition, which celebrates the wonders of the natural world while promoting the protection of the environment. Every year, over 25,000 people on average come to experience Wildlife Photographer of the Year here.
'The link between Forte di Bard and Wildlife Photographer of the Year was established over 10 years ago' says Maria Cristina Ronc, the Director of the venue. 'It has developed into a truly special relationship over time. The exhibition has now become an unmissable event for all nature photography lovers in Italy.'
For many, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is also a chance to learn about photography and discover the nature around the venue. Forte di Bard regularly organises events to complement the exhibition, including seminars with some of the winners of the competition, photography courses with industry professionals and special guided tours. Thanks to these initiatives, photography becomes an engine for cultural development in the region and an opportunity to nurture the knowledge and passion of nature enthusiasts.
2019 World Economic Forum
Skye Meaker, Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018, gave a presentation at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on his photographic journey. He was joined by legendary primatologist Jane Goodall and together they shared images and tales of their close encounters with majestic creatures.
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 competition images were displayed as a large-scale projection mapping installation in the central atrium. This was a unique opportunity for these images to engage with global decision-makers during the four-day programme heavily focused around the state of the planet, conservation and environmental sustainability.
10 Downing Street, October 2019
Winning images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 exhibition were displayed at a special preview event at Number 10 Downing Street. Hosted by Zac Goldsmith MP, the Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and at the Department for International Development, the event's attendees included the winning photographers, directors of several museums, scientists and schoolchildren. Museum scientists exhibited specimens of endangered species which related 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, were also on display.