Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2024

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December 21, 2024 to May 4, 2025
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A new year of breathtaking photographs


Annually, photographers spanning ages and abilities submit tens of thousands of images to the international Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest. This winter, ROM is thrilled to once again host the renowned exhibition. Organized by London's prestigious Natural History Museum, UK, this fan-favourite showcases the very best in nature photography from around the globe.

Experience our world in vivid detail, beholding extraordinary species through unimagined perspectives. Each photograph, exquisitely backlit, unveils unparalleled quality and depth. Through the lens, viewers become privy to animals' lives and the challenges they face. Emotive, surprising glimpses of life on our planet are showcased via exceptional talent, technical mastery, and perfectly captured moments.

Mark your calendars and get ready to embark on a visual journey that will leave you inspired and enlightened by the incredible beauty that surrounds us.


The Competition

The longest-running and most prestigious annual nature photography competition in the world, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, recognizes the world's best nature photography, and has done so every year since 1965.

Submission categories vary, and cover themes such as Animal Portraits, Environment, Urban Wildlife, Underwater, and many more, while two photojournalism portfolios are featured in a hard-hitting documentary section. In all, each year's new roster of photographic submissions reflect a breadth of life in our natural world.

The competition uses photography to celebrate the wonderful diversity of life, to inspire and inform, and to create advocates for the planet. It champions ethical wildlife photography, rewarding truthful representations of nature that display respect for animals and the environment, and 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, London, where photographs are premiered in a major exhibition before embarking on a world tour.

This exhibition 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.

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Chronicling the momentous changes from the ongoing revitalization of Toronto’s Port Lands, artists Vid Ingelevics and Ryan Walker have spent years creating a photographic record of the changes in this corner of the city.

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.

Image © Zhai Zeyu, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2023.