Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Friday 19 January to Sunday 29 April 2018 National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh
The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, will return to Edinburgh in the new year, opening at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 19 January 2018.
Taking over the Museum’s largest exhibition gallery for the first time, this will be the only Scottish venue for the exhibition. The 100 extraordinary images celebrate the diversity of the natural world, from intimate animal portraits to astonishing wild landscapes.
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.
Winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence. Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives almost 50,000 entries from 92 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. This year’s 100 award-winning images will embark on an international tour that allows them to be seen by millions of people.
The exhibition features acclaimed photographs displayed on large-format, backlit panels, as they are at the Natural History Museum’s own exhibition showing. Visitors can learn how the photographers captured their shots, and come face-to-face with some of nature’s most astonishing and challenging sights.
Dr Nick Fraser, Keeper of Natural Sciences at National Museums Scotland, said:
“We are thrilled that the National Museum of Scotland will host the 53rd Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, from the Natural History Museum in London. These captivating images offer visitors new perspectives on the wonders of the natural world, and are as arresting as they are beautiful.”
Sir Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum, said:
“Wildlife Photographer of the Year is one of our most successful touring exhibitions, enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. The awarded images shine a spotlight on nature photography as a work of art, whilst raising questions about our crucial role in shaping a sustainable future.”
Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the National Museum of Scotland is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said:
“We are delighted that the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Depicting everything from spectacular underwater worlds and unusual animal behaviours to breath-taking landscapes and images which examine our own impact on the natural world, this world-class exhibition has something for everyone.”
Admission: £8 adults, £6 concession. Entry is free to National Museums Scotland Members and children under 16.