photo of a lynx standing in a forest

Gallery Trail: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • Grades 4 - 12
  • Ages 8-10, 11-14, 14+

Detail © Laura Albiac Vilas (Spain) Glimpse of a Lynx.

Featuring 100 all-new images from across the globe, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 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. 

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

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The Gallery Trail explores the following themes within the exhibition:

The Art of Photography illustrates the tips and tricks photographers use to elevate photographs from the ordinary to the extraordinary.


The Wild shows how photography can give us new insights into the natural world around us.


Take Action demonstrates how photographs can be used to create awareness and inspire people to act on major conservation issues.



Calling all photographers between the ages of 13 and 17! Are you inspired by the remarkable photographs from Wildlife Photographer of the Year? The ROM is hosting a wildlife photography competition with an exclusive youth category, open to all residents of Ontario. Put nature in the spotlight as you snap and share your captivating images of the natural world for a chance to win:

  • Photography workshop with ROM Ornithologist Mark Peck
  • Behind-the-scenes tour for six at the ROM
  • One-year ROM Curator's Circle membership
  • Have your work displayed in the museum!

Please see the ROM Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest page for full contest rules and regulations.

Museum Guidelines

  • Walk. Do not run.
  • Use indoor voices.
  • Stay with your adult.
  • Make way for ROM educators if they need a space for a lesson.
  • Don't touch objects. Only touch objects that are clearly marked as safe to touch.
  • Don’t rush. Focus your time on the objects that capture your interest and complete what you can within the time you have.
  • Ask questions and have fun!

Fast Facts

Glimpse of a Lynx was taken by 14-year-old Laura Albiac Vilas (Spain) who travelled to the Sierra de Andújar Nature Park with her family to follow her dream of seeing wild Iberian lynx. On their second day, a pair were relaxing just 15 metres from the road. Laura watched for an hour and half in total silence.

Please Note

Please download and print your Gallery Trails ahead of time. You may bring pencils and clipboards for the students to use if required.  We have a limited supply onsite for your students to use only if necessary.

View and download this activity as a Google Doc

If remixing or modifying, please credit: "adapted from a resource by the Royal Ontario Museum."