Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2024

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Image: Isaac Szabo

The world-famous exhibition from the Natural History Museum returns to Dorset Museum & Art Gallery this summer.

Over 100 powerful photographs capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species, and the breath taking beauty of our planet. The images shine a light on stories and species from around the world and show the impact of human activity on the planet, in ways that words cannot.

From a dramatic encounter between a lioness, her two cubs and a wildebeest, battling Nubian Ibex in the mountains of the Negev desert, to a bee appearing to build a nest, many of the photographs reveal aspects of life in the wider natural world that many of us have never seen before.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious event of its kind and has provided an important global platform for the best talent working in the genre for nearly 60 years. Originally launched in 1965, the competition has grown to such an extent that a staggering 49,957 entries, from photographers working in 95 different countries, were submitted for this year’s event. This resulted in an intense week for the panel of industry experts gathered at the Natural History Museum in London, who judged each entry based on its creativity, originality, and technical excellence. Of those nearly 50,000 photographs, the most compelling 100 have been selected for this delightful, inspiring and thought-provoking exhibition, complimented by a variety of soundscapes, videos and expert insights.

To complement the exhibition, a FREE science-based workshop has been created in partnership with the Natural History Museum with the aim of challenging school students to help everyone better understand nature and local habitats. Wildlife in the UK is widely considered to be under threat, but we can all play a part in delivering positive solutions. The innovative workshop has been designed to inspire youngsters to become local experts, helping to observe and collect new data, and take action through science to make a real difference.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition: 19 July – 3 November 2024

Further Information: Dorset Museum & Art Gallery