Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition never fails to stir our emotions with its selection of photos. The shortlisted images of the 2019 contest have just been announced, and they show the beauty and cruelty of the natural world, but also the negative impact that humans have on it.
The Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is now in its 55th year. Over these five and a half decades, it has showcased the world’s best nature photography and photojournalism. Of course, the 2019 contest is no exception. The photos will warm your heart, or sometimes make you sad. Just like in the previous years, there are disturbing photos which warn us that we should take better care of our environment.
Dr. Tim Littlewood, Director of Science at the Natural History Museum and member of the judging panel, says:
“For more than fifty years this competition has attracted the world’s very best photographers, naturalists and young photographers, but there has never been a more important time for audiences all over the world to experience their work in our inspiring and impactful exhibition. Photography has a unique ability to spark conversation, debate and even action. We hope this year’s exhibition will empower people to think differently about our planet and our critical role in its future.”
This year’s competition had over 48,000 entries from professionals and amateurs from 100 countries all over the world. Before the winners are announced, the selection of 15 highly commended images is chosen from a range of the competition categories. The overall winners will be announced on 15 October, and the exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London opens on Friday 18 October 2019. So, before the winning images are selected, enjoy these amazing shortlisted photos and the stories behind them.