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Opens November 12

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.



Upcoming Programs

Friday, November 11, 10 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday, November 12, 10 am to 12 pm

ROM Members only. No registration required.
ROM Members are invited to an exclusive preview of Wildlife Photographer of the Year before it opens to the public at noon on November 12, 2016. 

Friday, November 18. Doors open at 7 PM.

Discovery the beauty and diversity of the natural world through stunning photography, with complimentary access to Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

ROM Speaks Nature
Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Reception to follow

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Keynote Presentation
Arguably the best wildlife photographer on the planet, this evening with Paul Nicklen will leave you speechless.



The Competition

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!


Awards and Recognition

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.

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