Wildlife Photographer of the Year Opens

Wildlife Photographer of the Year, an exhibition of exceptional images that capture fascinating animal behavior and the breathtaking diversity of the natural world, opens March 29 at the Academy.

Developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London, the exhibit features the 100 awarded images from this year’s entries. Launched in 1965, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the longest running nature photography competition in the world, and in its most recent competition it received 48,000 submissions from 100 countries.

The Moment by Yongqing Bao, China. Joint Winner 2019, Behaviour: Mammals. Grand title winner, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The Academy of Natural Sciences is the first institution on the East Coast to display this exhibition.

The Huddle by Stefan Christmann, Germany. Winner 2019, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio Award

Visitors will see a wide array of startling, beautiful and revealing moments in nature that people rarely witness. There’s a marmot seemingly gesturing with both horror and humor at a hungry fox; a penguin fleeing the menacing jaws of a leopard seal; an elegant guanaco caught off balance when a puma strikes; and many more amazing scenes.

Land of the Eagle by Audun Rikardsen, Norway. Winner 2019, Behaviour: Birds, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

“We hope these images will inspire deep curiosity and awe in our visitors,” said Academy President and CEO Scott Cooper. “The scenes captured by these talented photographers tell thought-provoking stories about our planet and prompt us to think differently about the natural world and our responsibility to protect it.”

If Penguins Could Fly by Eduardo Del Álamo, Spain. Highly Commended 2019, Behaviour: Mammals, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Tim Littlewood, director of science at the Natural History Museum, London, and a member of the competition’s judging panel, said, “For more than 50 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.”

The Climbing Dead by Frank Deschandol. Highly Commended 2019, Plants and Fungi, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year will be on view at the Academy from Sunday, March 29 through Sunday, Aug. 23.

The Equal Match by Ingo Arndt, Germany. Joint Winner 2019, Behaviour: Mammals, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Humming Surprise by Thomas Easterbrook, UK. Winner 2019, 10 years and under, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Big Cat and Dog Spat by Peter Haygarth, UK. Highly Commended 2019, Behaviour: Mammals, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

By Carolyn Belardo

Credit for opening image above: Sleeping Like a Weddell by © Ralf Schneider. Highly Commended 2019, Black and White, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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