Wildlife Photographer of the Year is a famous photo contest, showcasing the world’s best nature photography and photojournalism. In its fifty-third year, it still makes us curious about the natural world, shines the spotlight on the beauties, but also on the problems of the natural world. This year’s competition attracted almost 50,000 entries from photographers coming from 92 countries. Until the winner is announced next month, this is the first look into stunning photos from the finalists.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year was founded in 1965 by BBC Wildlife Magazine, which was called Animals at the time. The Natural History Museum, London joined forces in 1984 to create the competition as we know it today. Today, the competition is run and owned solely by the Natural History Museum. It’s open to photographers of all ages and abilities, and they can send their work on an annual basis. Here are the finalists of the fifty-third competition, along with some details about each photo:
The overall winners will be announced on October 17, at an awards ceremony in Natural History Museum in London. The photo exhibition opens on October 20, and it will be on a display until spring 2018.If you’d like to apply for the next Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, it will be open for entries from 23 October to 14 December 2017.