Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021

  • Closed
November 20, 2021 to May 29, 2022
  • Level 4, Roloff Beny Gallery
FREE for Members
All-new photographs from around the world reveal striking wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, and the remarkable beauty and rich multiplicity of our natural world.


The longest-running and most prestigious nature photography competition in the world returns to ROM for the ninth year in a row.

The exhibition's stunning images allow visitors to experience nature in vivid detail and get up close to some of the world's most extraordinary species, the lives they live, and the challenges they face. 

Whether you’re a nature lover, aspiring photographer, or simply love a perfectly captured moment, you will be inspired by the talent and technical expertise required to photograph such rare, emotive, and surprising glimpses of the diverse life on this planet. 



The Competition

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition attracts tens of thousands of submissions from photographers of all ages and skill levels every year. 

Reflecting on the astonishing diversity of our natural world, competition categories include Animals in their Environment, Urban Wildlife, Behaviour: Mammals, and Under Water, and many more, while a hard-hitting documentary section features two photojournalism portfolios.

With the winning photographs selected for their artistic composition, technical innovation, and truthful interpretation of the natural world, the exhibition showcases the winners and finalists whose work calls attention to the beauty and fragility of this world.

Awards and Recognition

Winning the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is the highest level of recognition for wildlife photographers. Judged over two 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 our beautiful planet and encouraging us all to think differently about our impact on our shared home.  


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

This exhibition is generously supported by the Royal Exhibitions Circle.