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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022

The right look by Richard Robinson, New Zealand

3 March - 23 April 2023

The Natural History Museum's popular Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, opens at Guernsey Museum at Candie on Friday 3 March.  The final day is Sunday 23 April. 

The images ignite curiosity about the natural world by showcasing Earth's extraordinary diversity and highlighting the fragility of wildlife on our planet. Using the unique emotive power of photography, the competition inspires people to think differently about their relationship with nature and become advocates for the planet. 

Dr Doug Gurr, Director of the Natural History Museum says, "Captured by some of the best photography talent from around the world, the photographs encourage curiosity, connection and wonder. These inspiring images convey human impact on the natural world in a way that words cannot."

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world's most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years. Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives over 49,000 entries from all over the world, highlighting its enduring appeal.

*Free with your Discovery Pass*

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The top image on this page is The right look by Richard Robinson, New Zealand

(Highly commended, Animal Portraits)

Richard Robinson becomes the object of fascination for a young whale. With the whale investigating him, Richard's main challenge was to swim far enough from the curious calf to photograph it. The encounter lasted 30 minutes, with the whale circling him, swimming off, then returning for another look. New Zealand's population of southern right whales, known as 'tohorā' in Māori, were hunted to near extinction by European whalers in the 1800s, then by Soviet whalers in the 1900s. Now protected, the population has bounced back from a small group including just 13 breeding females, to more than 2,000 individuals.

Location: Port Ross, Auckland Island, New Zealand