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Discover striking wildlife and captivating landscapes as Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the longest-running and most prestigious nature photography competition in the world, returns to the ROM for its fourth year. Featuring new photographs from the 2016 competition, Wildlife Photographer of the Year continues to amaze and move viewers with the remarkable beauty and diversity of the natural world.

Now in its 52nd year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition attracts tens of thousands of submissions from photographers of all ages and skill levels. Premiering at London’s Natural History Museum before embarking on a world tour, the exhibition showcases category finalists and winners of the competition through 100 breathtaking photographs.

Whether you’re a nature lover, aspiring photographer, or simply love a perfectly captured moment, come explore the natural world, wildlife and the very best in nature photography.

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What first began in 1965 as a nature photography competition with three categories and 361 entries, has evolved into the most renowned annual wildlife photography competition in the world; today, Wildlife Photographer of the Year has grown to 16 categories and attracts nearly 50,000 entries from more than 90 countries.

Reflecting the stunning diversity of our natural world, competition categories include mammals, birds, underwater, and urban landscapes, among others. The prestige of the competition draws entries from professional and amateur photographers alike across all age groups – even children, with a category for ages 10 and under!

Winning the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is the highest level of recognition for wildlife photographers. Judged over three rounds by a jury of international experts, the winners and finalists of the competition are announced at an awards ceremony hosted at the Natural History Museum in London, where photographs are premiered in a major exhibition before embarking on a world tour.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year offers photographers an internationally acclaimed platform to showcase their incredible works, while celebrating and calling attention to our beautiful and precious Earth.

 

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ROM Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest

The ROM Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest returns for a second year – this time with both adult and youth categories! Whether you’re an amateur or professional photographer, the ROM invites you to share your captivating images of the natural world for a chance to win some amazing prizes and have your photograph on display at the Museum.

Open to all residents of Ontario, click the above tabs to find out about this year’s incredible prizes and how to enter.

Contest Closed. The winners will be contacted February 27, 2017.

Contest Period:
November 12, 2016 to January 31, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST

How to enter:
Share your wildlife image from your unlocked Twitter or Instagram account and include@ROMtoronto & #ROMwpyJR

Prizing

Grand Prize:
ROM Birding / Photography Workshop. Hone your bird photography skills with ROM Ornithologist, Mark Peck
Behind-the-scenes Tour for two (2). An exclusive look behind the scenes at the ROM's collections to see what the Museum keeps behind closed doors
SONY ALPHA A7 II W/FE 28-70MM LENS. Full-frame Mirrorless Camera with lens courtesy of Henry's
One-year ROM Family Membership. Enjoy unlimited free access to exhibitions and galleries all year long
The winning photograph will be displayed at the ROM

Honourable Mention Prizes (x2):
One-year ROM Family Membership. Enjoy unlimited free access to exhibitions and galleries all year long, attend exclusive previews and events, Member-only discounts, plus so much more.

Download Full Youth Contest Rules

Contest Closed. The winners will be contacted February 27, 2017.

Contest Period:
November 12, 2016 to January 31, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST

How to enter:
Share your wildlife image from your unlocked Twitter or Instagram account and include @ROMtoronto & #ROMwpy

Prizing

Grand Prize:
A trip for two (2) courtesy of ROM Biodiversity. Experience an awe-filled 7 day marine expedition for two with the Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) team on the beautiful north shore of the St Lawrence in Eastern Quebec. See and photograph whales with the world’s top blue whale scientists
Travel Dates: Between July 20 to September 10, 2017. Trip starts and ends in Toronto. Accommodations, meals and boat trip included
SONY ALPHA A7 II W/FE 28-70MM LENS. Full-frame Mirrorless Camera with lens courtesy of Henry's
The winning photograph will be displayed at the ROM

Honourable Mention Prizes (x2):
One-year ROM Family Membership. Enjoy unlimited free access to exhibitions and galleries all year long, attend exclusive previews and events, Member-only discounts, plus so much more.

Download Full Adult Contest Rules

Mark Peck | ROM Ornithology Technician

Mark Peck is an award-winning wildlife and nature photographer. Mark will be introducing the WPY exhibit and the role of photography in conservation while sharing his expertise throughout the community.

Mark is a technician in the ROM Department of Natural History, overseeing the ornithology collection. He serves as a committee member and ROM liaison for the Ontario Bird Records Committee, and as a consultant for Ontario Birds/ Ontario Field Ornithologists. He is also the co-coordinator of the Ontario Nest Records Scheme and Program Director of the Toronto Ornithological Club. Mark wrote the text for the recently published; The Extraordinary Beauty of Birds, Designs Patterns and Details by Deborah Samuel.

Brian Boyle | ROM Senior Photographer

Brian Boyle has been a staff photographer for 41 years at the ROM and is currently the Senior Photographer. He is a Past President of the Professional Photographers of Ontario, and a former Vice Chair of the Professional Photographers of Canada. Over the years, he has judged many National, Provincial and local image competitions. He has earned numerous awards, including a Fellowship from the Professional Photographers of Ontario and a Master of Photographic Arts from the Professional Photographers of Canada. Brian is accredited by the Professional Photographers of Canada. In his down time, he travels and photographs Canada.

Vincent Luk | Co-Founder of Hello Foto Inc.

Co-Founder of Hello Foto Inc, Vincent Luk has considerable experience working with local communities and organizations in sharing their stories through different visual mediums. His award-winning photography and video work have taken him across the globe, and his photographs have been exhibited in numerous galleries around Toronto.

As the Program Manager and instructor for the Fleming College Environmental Visual Communications Post-Graduate Program based at the Royal Ontario Museum, Vincent mentors future wildlife photographers and videographers who are passionate about environmental issues.

With a Masters in Science Planning from the University of Toronto, Vincent merges his background in environmental studies with urban design and community development, fostering his interest in documenting the relationships between people and their natural environment, and the impacts they have on one another.

 

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London

Photos, from top to bottom: 1) ©Sam Hobson (United Kingdom) Nosy Neighbour 2) ©Willstrong Kruger (South Africa) Termite Tossing 3) ©Dhyey Shah (India) Golden Relic 4) ©Fortunato Gatto (Italy) After the Storm