The first photos from the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year have been unveiled. The world-renowned exhibition is in its 44th year, and opens on 19 October 2018 at the Natural History Museum in London, with a selection of Highly Commended images recently revealed. This year's competition attracted more than 45,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries, and the overall winners will be announced on 16 October at a special awards ceremony in the Natural History Museum's Hintze Hall.
The exhibition showcases 100 different images of wildlife, and Ian Owens, Director of Science at the Natural History Museum and member of the judging panel, was highly impressed with the standard this year: “We were captivated by the outstanding quality of the images entered into this year's competition, which spoke volumes to us about the passion for nature shared by talented photographers across the world. I look forward to seeing the winning selection on beautiful lightbox displays in the exhibition. I'm sure the images will surprise and inspire our visitors, and raise awareness for threatened species and ecosystems."
The exhibition runs until summer 2019, with tickets and further information available via the Natural History Museum website.
Kitten Combat (Julius Kramer).
Looking for Love (Tony Wu).
Flight (Sue Forbes).
The Meerkat Mob (Tertius A Gous).
Trailblazer (Christian Wappl).
Cool Cat (Isak Pretorius).
Delta Design (Paul Mckenzie).
Ahead in the Game (Nicholas Dyer).
Mister Whiskers (Valter Bernardeschi).
Tigerland (Emmanuel Rondeau).