Wildlife Photographer of the Year | Level 3

  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Curiosity and the cat © Hannes Lochner (South Africa)
    Hannes has spent nearly five years perfecting his remote wireless technology to photograph wild African animals. By repeatedly clicking the shutter, he enticed this curious cub towards a camera. ‘All the settings were on manual,’ explains Hannes, ‘so I could only hope I had judged the lighting and angle correctly’. In this instance it was perfect. Curiosity and the cat © Hannes Lochner (South Africa)
  • The water bear © Paul Souders (USA)
    A polar bear hides beneath melting sea ice. ‘Climate change poses particular threats to the western Hudson Bay population of bears’, Paul explains. Taken during a heat wave in July, temperatures reached 30°C causing forest fires inland. Stuck between burning forests and melting ice, the polar bear’s habitat is increasingly threatened. The water bear © Paul Souders (USA)
  • Snow moment © Jasper Doest (The Netherlands)
    Inspired by Japanese art, Jasper wanted to capture the surrealist quality of a hot spring, surrounded by water, fog and snow. ‘Once in a while the wind plays with the steam released from the spring in a way that makes it come alive,’ says Jasper. Suddenly a Japanese macaque jumped on a rock in the middle of the pool and started shaking off snow. Jasper knew this was the moment. Snow moment © Jasper Doest (The Netherlands)
  • Harvest gold © Etienne Francey (Switzerland)
    Late one July evening, walking slowly along the edge of a wheat field near his village looking for subjects to photograph, Etienne noticed a harvest mouse nibbling on some grain. ‘The meeting was brief but extraordinary,’ he says. ‘This was my favourite out of all the portraits’, its prehensile tail helping it to balance while it ate. Harvest gold © Etienne Francey (Switzerland)
  • Shot in the dark © Andrew Schoeman (South Africa)
    On a night drive, Andrew began following two male lions. He watched as they patrolled their territory, scent marking and investigating the markings of other lions. He wanted to capture their intense expression, but it was only when the headlights of an approaching vehicle illuminated one of their faces that he had the chance. Shot in the dark © Andrew Schoeman (South Africa)


With General Admission, Adults $5, Students/Seniors $4 and Children 14 yrs and Under FREE

Centre Block, Level 3

Experience the beauty and power of our natural world as the ROM presents the North American premiere of Wildlife Photographer of the Year.  Coming from the Natural History Museum in London, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is now in its 49th year, and is one of the museum’s longest running exhibitions.  This internationally renowned photography competition celebrates nature and wildlife featuring 100 breathtaking photos selected from over 43,000 entries from around the world. 

Let Wildlife Photographer of the Year inspire you to share your wildlife photography! In concert with Media Partner Canadian Geographic, we encourage exhibition visitors to share their nature and wildlife photographs through social media. Simply tag your nature and wildlife photos with #ROMWPY on Twitter or Instagram for the chance to see your photos on display in the museum. Photos shared with the exhibition hashtag will be aggregated and displayed on multiple screens throughout the museum.

Don’t miss Wildlife Photographer of the Year, reserve your tickets today! ROM Members receive free admission, book Member tickets.


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#ROMWPY: Share Your Nature and Wildlife Photographs