December 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019

One hundred all-new photographs from around the world reveal striking wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, and the remarkable beauty of our natural world that will amaze and move viewers.

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Detail © Isak Pretorius

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

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

New for 2018-19: Every photo tells a story. Explore the story behind one finalist’s photograph as you enter the underwater world of a coral reef. Learn about the vast diversity of life on a reef, the value of ROM research, and the impact humans have on the survival of coral reefs in this immersive and interactive ROM original addition.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is now in its 54th year and attracts tens of thousands of submissions from photographers of all ages and skill levels.

Reflecting on the astonishing diversity of our natural world, competition categories include Animal Portraits, Urban Wildlife, Behaviour of Birds, and Under Water, 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.

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 and calling attention to our beautiful and precious Earth.

Detail © Theo Bosboom

ROM Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest

The ROM Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest returns for a fourth year! Whether you’re an amateur or professional photographer, the ROM invites you to share your captivating images of the natural world for a chance to win some amazing prizes and have your photograph on display at the Museum.

Open to all residents of Ontario, click the above tabs to find out about this year’s incredible prizes and how to enter.

Contest generously supported by:

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#ROMWPYON

Contest Period: November 15, 2018 to February 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST

How to enter: Share your wildlife image from your unlocked Twitter or Instagram account and include @ROMtoronto & #ROMWPYJR

Grand Prize:
ROM Birding / Photography Workshop for two (2). Hone your bird photography skills with ROM Ornithologist, Mark Peck
CANON EOS 6D MKII W/24-105 F4 L II LENS courtesy of Henry’s Camera.
Behind-the-scenes Tour for six (6). An exclusive look behind the scenes at the ROM’s collections to see what the Museum keeps behind closed doors
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.

Download Full Youth Contest Rules

Contest Period: November 15, 2018 to February 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST

How to enter: Share your wildlife image from your unlocked Twitter or Instagram account and include @ROMtoronto & #ROMWPYON

Grand Prize:
14-Day Experience Borneo tour for two courtesy of G Adventures.
G Adventures 14-Day Experience Borneo tour (Jane Goodall Collection) For the adventurer who wants to see as much of Sabah as possible (and in two weeks, no less!) but doesn't want to summit Mt Kinabalu, this is your opportunity. Go for a dip in the awe-inspiring Wind and Clearwater caves of Gunung Mulu National Park. Opt to go snorkeling on the island haven of Pulau Tiga. Get up close and personal with the orangutans at a rehabilitation centre (selfie time!). Really though, you want Sabah? It's waiting for you.
CANON EOS 6D MKII W/24-105 F4 L II LENS courtesy of Henry’s Camera.
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.

Download Full Adult Contest Rules

Mark Peck | ROM Ornithology Technician

Mark Peck is an award-winning wpy and nature photographer. Mark will be introducing the WPY exhibit and the role of photography in conservation while sharing his expertise throughout the community.

Mark is a technician in the ROM Department of Natural History, overseeing the ornithology collection. He serves as a committee member and ROM liaison for the Ontario Bird Records Committee, and as a consultant for Ontario Birds/ Ontario Field Ornithologists. He is also the co-coordinator of the Ontario Nest Records Scheme and Program Director of the Toronto Ornithological Club. Mark wrote the text for the recently published; The Extraordinary Beauty of Birds, Designs Patterns and Details by Deborah Samuel.

Brian Boyle | ROM Senior Photographer

Brian Boyle has been a staff photographer for 41 years at the ROM and is currently the Senior Photographer. He is a Past President of the Professional Photographers of Ontario, and a former Vice Chair of the Professional Photographers of Canada.

Over the years, he has judged many National, Provincial and local image competitions. He has earned numerous awards, including a Fellowship from the Professional Photographers of Ontario and a Master of Photographic Arts from the Professional Photographers of Canada. Brian is accredited by the Professional Photographers of Canada. In his down time, he travels and photographs Canada.

Vincent Luk | Co-Founder of Hello Foto Inc.

Co-Founder of Hello Foto Inc, Vincent Luk has considerable experience working with local communities and organizations in sharing their stories through different visual mediums. His award-winning photography and video work have taken him across the globe, and his photographs have been exhibited in numerous galleries around Toronto.

As the Program Manager and instructor for the Fleming College Environmental Visual Communications Post-Graduate Program based at the Royal Ontario Museum Vincent mentors future wildlife photographers and videographers who are passionate about environmental issues.

Detail © Christian Wappl

Upcoming Programs

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Uncover water stories through the lens of Traditional Knowledge and Western Science. From the origin and evolution of life, to ocean mysteries and pollution, this workshop will take you on a water adventure through the ROM’s unique collection.  This workshop will also be offered in French on Feb 10.
Dimanche 10 février 2019, de 10h30 à 15h30
Venez découvrir des histoires traitant de l’eau vues sous l’angle du savoir traditionnel et des sciences occidentales.  Des origines de la vie et de son évolution jusqu’aux mystères des océans et à la pollution, vous vivrez une aventure aquatique au travers de la collection distincte du Musée.  
Sunday, March 3, 2019, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Join David Coulson, conservation photographer, for a full day workshop on the art of wildlife photography and storytelling. Inspired by the exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year, this workshop explores photographic techniques, the ethics of wildlife photography, and how to create compelling images that tell a story.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Reception to follow
2019 Darwin Day Lecture Our Chaning Oceans: The Past, Present & Future of Whales Whales fill us with terror, awe, and affection–explore these magnificent creatures with Smithsonian researcher Nick Pyenson.  Why did it take whales over 50 million years to evolve to such big sizes, and how do they eat enough to stay that big? How did their ancestors return from land to the sea–and what can their lives tell us about evolution as a whole? Importantly, in the sweepstakes of human-driven habitat and climate change, will whales survive?  

Detail © Denis Budkov

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

Photos, from top to bottom:
(1) Mister Whiskers (detail) © Valter Bernardeschi, Italy. (2) Cool Cat (detail) © Isak Pretorius, South Africa. (3) Simple Beauty (detail) © Theo Bosboom, The Netherlands. (4) Trailerblazer (detail) © Christian Wappl, Austria. (5) Inner Fire (detail) © Denis Budkov, Russia.

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