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25 Jun 2019

Gallery to open doors to Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wolverhampton Art Gallery will be filled with the astounding sights of the natural world when the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition opens on Saturday (June 29).

The Natural History Museum’s 54th Wildlife Photographer of the Year touring exhibition features awe-inspiring images capturing fascinating animal behaviour and breathtaking landscapes.

The blockbuster show will run until Sunday, December 1 and for the first ever in Wolverhampton will be showing the full collection.

Tickets cost £5.50 adults and £3.50 children (2 and under free) and family tickets start from £14.50 (2 adults and 2 children). Concession and group booking deals are available. Please call 01902 552055 for more information or visit www.ticketmaster.co.uk/WPY54 

In 2017 the Lichfield Street gallery hosted the 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, attracting thousands of visitors.

This year it is bigger and better with staggering images displayed in an ultra-modern lightbox format.

The full exhibition will include 100 images that fall into eight categories - Young Photographers, Behaviours, Diversity, Habitats, Compositions, Documentary, Rising Star and Portfolio - shown alongside the Grand Title Winners.

A new addition for this year is a digital display showcasing the People’s Choice Award, a display of 25 images and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Frans Lanting, showing 17 images taken throughout his career.

Councillor Harman Banger, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “I am delighted Wildlife Photographer of the Year will be my first exhibition as Cabinet Member for City Economy especially as Wolverhampton is to have the full collection of the touring exhibition for the first time.

“This is a wonderful exhibition for all ages and yet another example of the exciting family activities City of Wolverhampton has to offer. What better way to spend some time during the summer holidays?”

Founded in 1964 and developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases the world's best nature photography and photojournalism. Through their ability to inspire curiosity and wonder, the 100 images showcase wildlife photography as an art form. They also challenge us to consider both our place in the natural world and our responsibility to protect it. Winning images were selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence.

Now in its 54th year, the competition received more than 45,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries. Every year, the best images submitted are selected to form the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which tours venues across the world to millions of visitors, helping to ensure that biodiversity and sustainability remain at the forefront of public awareness.

                    

Valter Bernardeschi - Wildlife Photographer of the Year                                    Emmanuel Rondeau - Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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