Australian National Maritime Museum showcases prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition

  • Fernando Constantino Martínez Belmar, WPY
  • Elza Friedländer, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Ekaterina Bee, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • © Donglin Zhou, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • © Laurent Ballesta (1), Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • © Amit Eshel, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • © Atsuyuki Ohshima, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • © Bertie Gregory, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • © Caitlin Henderson, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • © Carmel Bechler, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
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    The Australian National Maritime Museum will see the return of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition as the collection tours from the Natural History Museum in London.

    The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, now in its 59th year exhibition highlights myriad plant and animal species from the lens of wildlife photographers worldwide.

    Breathtaking images capture both the beauty and the traumas faced by our natural environment, inviting audiences to see the world from a unique perspective and understand the importance of protecting and advocating for wildlife conservation.

    The exhibition features over 100 award-winning images, including the Grand Title winner, French photographer Laurent Ballesta whose ethereal image of a golden horseshoe crab taken near Pangatalan Island in the Philippines has earned him the title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year for the second time.

    Laurent Ballesta, Wildlife Photographer of the Year. (Supplied)

    Judges competition reviewed nearly 50,000 entries from 95 countries, which were assessed and judged anonymously by an international panel of experts, on criteria including; originality, narrative, technical excellence, and ethical practice.

    The crown of Wildlife Photographer of the Year is one of the world’s most prestigious photography competitions, which tours the world each year.

    “Each year we welcome the finest wildlife images from the world’s finest wildlife photographers,” Australian National Maritime Museum CEO and director Daryl Karp AM said.

    Wildlife Photographer of the Year is a perennial favourite with audiences here. These are powerful, beautiful and perfectly timed images that surprise, inspire and amaze. There is no better space to lose and immerse yourself in this planet’s natural world.”

    The Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London and is currently on show at the Australian National Maritime Museum until November.

    Feature image gallery credits: Amit Eshel, Atsuyuki Ohshima, Bertie Gregory, Caitlin Henderson, Carmel Bechler, Donglin Zhou, Ekaterina Bee, Elza Friedländer, Fernando Constantino Martínez Belmar, 

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