Gallery Trail: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021

A brightly-coloured mosquito bites into human skin
  • Grades 4 - 12
  • Ages 8-10, 11-14, 14+

Detail © Gil Wizen (Israel/Canada), Beautiful Bloodsucker.

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.

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? From November 20, 2021 to March 13, 2022, share your wildlife photos from an unlocked Twitter or Instagram account and include @ROMtoronto and #ROMWPYJR

Grand Prize:

  • Nikon Z50 Kit courtesy of Henry’s
  • One-year ROM Curator’s Circle Membership. Enjoy unlimited free access to exhibitions and galleries all year long, attend exclusive previews and events, Member-only discounts, plus so much more.
  • The winning photograph will be displayed at the ROM

Honourable Mention Prizes (x2):

One-year ROM Family Membership. Enjoy unlimited free access to exhibitions and galleries all year long, attend exclusive previews and events, Member-only discounts, plus so much more.

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

Beautiful Bloodsucker was taken by Gil Wizen (Israel/Canada). When this ornamented mosquito landed on Gil, he kept still and framed it, head on, with its proboscis poised. Just four millimetres long, Sabethes mosquitoes are found in Central and South America. Only females bite, as they need a blood meal to produce eggs. Although mosquitoes can act as vectors for diseases, they also play a role in ecosystems, serving as pollinators and as food.

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.

While field trips are restricted in compliance with public health mandates, consider using online photographs with the principles outlined in the gallery trail, and having your students safely explore their own neighbourhood biodiversity.

View and download this activity as a Google Doc

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