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Detail © Justin Hofman

December 16, 2017 to March 18, 2018

At the intersection of art, culture and nature

One hundred all-new images from across the globe reveal fascinating animal behaviour, otherworldly marine scenes, and breathtaking landscapes—in ways the human eye might never see unaided.

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Detail © Laura Albiac Vilas

The world’s longest-running and most prestigious nature photography competition sends its best to Toronto for the fifth year in a row.

Photography enthusiasts, families, and all who enjoy nature will appreciate the talent and technical expertise required to capture such rare and surprising glimpses of the diverse life on this planet.

One hundred new photographs tell many new stories. You’ll be inspired by the remarkable beauty and power of our natural world.

New for 2017–2018: a participatory, family-friendly installation which will inspire you to become a citizen scientist: explore the ROM’s own iNaturalist.ca online community, and see how your observations can help protect nature.

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What first began in the 1960s as a nature photography competition with around 600 entries has evolved into the most renowned annual wildlife photography competition in the world. Now in its 53rd year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year attracts tens of thousands of entries from more than 90 countries.

Reflecting the astonishing diversity of our natural world, competition categories include Animal Portraits, Urban Wildlife, Behaviour of Birds, and Under Water, while a hard-hitting documentary section features two photojournalism portfolios.

The prestige of the competition attracts entries from professional and amateur photographers across all skill levels and age groups. Families will especially enjoy the Young Photographers section, which includes images taken by participants age 17 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, competition finalists and winners 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 work, while celebrating and calling attention to our beautiful and precious Earth.

Detail © Sergey Gorshkov

Upcoming Events

January 23

Wildlife photographer Joel Sartore, a 20-year contributor to National Geographic magazine, discusses his project to build a photographic record of all animal species.

January 28

With Neil Ever Osborne, photographer-in-residence with Canadian Geographic, learn about using conservation photography and film-making to convey the relationship between people and the planet.

February 4

Discover the exquisite beauty of nocturnal moths through the career and lens of esteemed photographer Emmet Gowin.

February 11

Elusive in the wild, the animals represented in the ROM’s Schad Gallery of Biodiversity make fabulous subjects to sketch.

February 22

Two visual storytellers demonstrate how they communicate complex concepts in a relatable way.

Detail © Marco Urso

ROM Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest

The ROM Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest returns for a third year! 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 generously supported by G Adventures.

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Contest Period: December 15, 2017 to February 3, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST

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

Grand Prize:
ROM Birding / Photography Workshop for two (2). Hone your bird photography skills with ROM Ornithologist, Mark Peck
Behind-the-scenes Tour for six (6). An exclusive look behind the scenes at the ROM’s collections to see what the Museum keeps behind closed doors
One-year ROM Curator’s Circle Membership. Enjoy unlimited free access to exhibitions and galleries all year long, attend exclusive previews and events, Member-only discounts, plus so much more.
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 Period: December 15, 2017 to February 3, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST

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

Grand Prize:
Trip for two (2) courtesy of G Adventures
Local Living Ecuador – Amazon Jungle (Jane Goodall Collection)

The Amazon Rainforest is so full of life; embrace it for yourself during a week unlike any other. From Quito, you’ll travel to your new home in the jungle and meet the Quichua family who will host you in their home for the next four nights. Discover waterfalls on jungle walks and travel to an animal rescue centre by canoe. You’ll learn about medicinal plants and how to use a blowgun, experience a shaman ceremony, and visit a local school. Most importantly, you’ll befriend people few outsiders have the honour to even meet.
One-year ROM Curator’s Circle Membership. Enjoy unlimited free access to exhibitions and galleries all year long, attend exclusive previews and events, Member-only discounts, plus so much more.
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 wpy 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.

Detail © Jack Dykinga

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

Photos, from top to bottom:
(1) Sewage surfer (detail) © Justin Hofman (USA). (2) Glimpse of a Lynx (detail) © Laura Albiac Vilas (Spain). (3) Arctic treasure (detail) © Sergey Gorshkov (Russia). (4) Anticipation (detail) © Marco Urso (Italy). (5) Saguaro twist (detail) © Jack Dykinga (USA).