The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition was launched in 1965. Photo: EDUARDO DEL ALAMO

Natural world takes spotlight at NWM

January 2, 2020 BY

Stunning photos of wildlife that have been captured by leading photographers around the world are now on display at the National Wool Museum.

On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, the touring Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition features 100 images capturing fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the unsurpassed beauty of the natural world.

National Wool Museum director Padraic L Fisher said the exhibition reminded people of the fragility of the planet and how it is up to them to help preserve it.

“In the age of the Anthropocene, with the rapidly changing world, Wildlife Photographer of the Year captures glimpses of the natural world around us.

“It is so important – it reminds us just how magical and splendid our planet is. How crucial it is to protect and celebrate it.”

For more than 50 years, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition has provided a platform for the natural world to showcase its wonder.

Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, the exhibition now receives more than 48,000 entries from 100 countries.

Natural History Museum’s Dr Tim Littlewood, who is part of the exhibition’s judging panel, said there has never been a more important time for audiences all over the world to experience the exhibition.

“Photography has a unique ability to spark conversation, debate and even action.

“We hope this year’s exhibition will empower people to think differently about our planet and our critical role in its future.”

Australian photographers Wayne Jones (Highly Commended: “Underwater Habitats with Night Rider”) and Justin Gilligan (Highly Commended: “Wildlife Photojournalism with Colliding Views”) are featured in the exhibition.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is on at the National Wool Museum (26 Moorabool Street, Geelong) until April 26.