Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Capturing the moment
Marvel at the vibrancy and diversity of the natural world as the Natural History Museum puts the planet’s wildlife in the frame. Now in its 54th year, 2019 saw over 45,000 entries for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year title. The final 100 images, beautifully presented on light panels, were chosen for the technical skills and creative thinking they showcase.
This year’s collection captures the many enigmatic faces of the natural world. The most prestigious award was given to Marsel van Oosten for his image ‘The Golden Couple’ in which a pair of golden, snub-nosed monkeys gaze thoughtfully into the distance. It took many days to understand the group’s dynamics and predict what might happen next, but finally his perseverance paid off: the ideal expression, a perfect forest backdrop and dappled light filtering through the canopy. The judges noted that with their Instagram-ready poses, it’s hard to believe these are wild animals, not trained models.
Sometimes you get lucky. In this case I think I got lucky; the animals did something I hoped they would do and very often they don’t.
Marsel van Oosten, Grant Title winner
Elsewhere, look out for the menacing stare of a jaguar; the grief of a mountain gorilla as it clutches its dead infant; and revealing images such as Bloodthirsty, which shows how sharp-beaked finches become vampires when rations run low.
Beautiful, powerful, thought provoking and breath-taking, this exhibition never fails to make an impression.
The winning portrait captures the beauty and fragility of life on earth, and a glimpse of some of the extraordinary, yet relatable beings we share our planet with.
19 October 2018 - 30 June 2019
Natural History Museum
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