Leica Camera is delighted to sponsor this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at London’s Natural History Museum. The annual exhibition showcases the winning images from the Museum’s long-running and respected competition, bringing together the world’s best nature photographers and wildlife journalists to drive positive change. With over 100 years of history, Leica Camera has long supported prominent wildlife photographers and figures as ambassadors who highlight wildlife issues — many have recognised in previous years of the awards.
Dr Tim Littlewood, Executive Director of Science, Natural History Museum: “The Natural History Museum are delighted to have Leica's support behind this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in South Kensington, London. Amplifying incredible stories through the very best in nature photography, visitors to the exhibition will have the chance to see some of the world's most extraordinary species and animal behaviour up close in these 100 breath- taking images, selected from almost 50,000 entries.”
This year’s first digital awards ceremony will be broadcast live from the Museum on social media platforms on 13th October. The exhibition will be open to the public from 16th October, with tickets on sale from 3rd September here. Following its run at the Natural History Museum, the exhibition will visit other venues in the UK and across the globe to inspire millions of people.
Seeing these breath-taking photographs will give people the chance to reconnect with the natural world at a time when people have been longing to rediscover its wonder. The exhibition’s stunning light-box displays will enable visitors to experience these photographs in vivid detail and get up close to some extraordinary species, the lives they live and the challenges they face in adapting to human impacts and a changing environment.
Jason Heward, Managing Director, Leica Camera UK comments: “Wildlife Photographer of the Year confronts us with, and connects us to, the beauty of the world. These incredible photographers capture the emotion and intimacy of nature, and in one split second can make us advocates for a better world. For more than a century, Leica has captured the world’s story and celebrated the wonder of life.”
Leica are committed to the creation and preservation of iconic photography – past, present and future – and the artists behind those images. Leica believes in the power of photography to tell compelling and sometimes challenging stories. The 100 images selected for this year’s exhibition have been whittled down from around 50,000 submissions from nearly 100 countries. Wildlife photography has especially emotive energy, able to move hearts and minds as a force for good. These pictures challenge us to consider both our place in the natural world and our responsibility to protect it. They speak louder than words and have the power to help save our beautifully diverse planet.