Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 | Level 4, Roloff Beny Gallery

December 16, 2017 (at 12 pm) to March 18, 2018
Separately ticketed exhibition
Free for ROM Members



Featuring 100 all-new images from across the globe, the world’s most prestigious nature photography competition presents a fresh look at the incredible life on our planet. Fascinating animal behaviour, otherworldly marine scenes, and breathtaking landscapes are revealed in ways the human eye might never see unaided. Visitors will be awed and inspired by the beauty and diversity of our natural world.

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On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind. Now in its 53rd year, the exhibition is based on an international competition which received almost 50,000 entries from 92 countries. A panel of six judges selects 100 of the best photos, including two grand title winners.

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.


The ROM will complement this visually stunning exhibition with talks and workshops. 

December 15 and 16
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January 23
Photo Ark
Wildlife photographer Joel Sartore, a 20-year contributor to National Geographic magazine, shares his multi-year quest to document the world’s wildlife.

January 28
Visual Storytelling: Creating Conversations that Matter Through Photography
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
Beauty and Diversity: Photographing the Moths of Central and South America
Discover the exquisite beauty of nocturnal moths in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, French Guiana, and Panama through the career and lens of esteemed photographer Emmet Gowan.

February 11
Capturing Wildlife with Pen & Paper
Elusive in the wild, the animals represented in the ROM’s Schad Gallery of Biodiversity make fabulous subjects to sketch.

February 22
The Stories We Tell: Visual Narratives for Science and Conservation
At this pivotal time for our planet, science literacy is crucial. Two visual storytellers demonstrate how they communicate complex concepts in a relatable way.


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