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VICTORIA, BC —Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the world-renowned exhibition developed and produced by the Natural History Museum in London, will be on display at the Royal BC Museum from December 16, 2022 to April 16, 2023.
The exhibition features a stunning collection of backlit images capturing fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species, and the breathtaking diversity of the natural world. Using photography's unique emotive power to engage and inspire audiences, the images shine a light on stories and species around the world and encourage a future of advocating for the planet.
“We are delighted to bring Wildlife Photographer of the Year exclusively to Western Canada once again,” said Royal BC Museum’s CEO, Alicia Dubois. “Visitors can explore the wonder of the natural world through this astounding collection of thought-provoking, award-winning photojournalism.”
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is now in its 58th year and is considered the most prestigious photography event of its kind. Dr Doug Gurr, Director of the Natural History Museum says, 'Captured by some of the best photography talent from around the world, the gallery of photographs encourages curiosity, connection, and wonder. These inspiring images convey the human impact on the natural world in a way that words cannot – from the urgency of declining biodiversity to the inspiring bounce back of a protected species.’
Karine Aigner took this year’s Grand Title award with a phenomenal image of a ball of buzzing cactus bees spinning over hot sand on a Texas ranch. This is just one of the incredible photographs selected from over 38,000 entries globally that will be on display in this family-friendly exhibition.
About the Royal BC Museum: The Royal BC Museum explores the province’s human history and natural history, advances new knowledge and understanding of BC, and provides a dynamic forum for discussion and a place for reflection. The museum and archives celebrate culture and history, telling the stories of BC in ways that enlighten, stimulate, and inspire. Located in Victoria on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen (Songhees and Xwsepsum Nations), we are a hub of community connections in BC — onsite, offsite, and online — taking pride in our collective histories.
Dates: December 16, 2022 – April 16, 2023
More information: https://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/visit/exhibitions/wildlife-photographer-yea…
To arrange interviews with photographers, judges or Wildlife Photographer of the Year spokespeople, please contact Josephine Higgins at the Natural History Museum Press Office.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5654
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• The Natural History Museum’s acclaimed Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and exhibition ignites curiosity about the natural world by showcasing Earth's extraordinary diversity and highlighting the fragility of wildlife on our planet. Using the unique emotive power of photography, the competition inspires people to think differently about their relationship with nature and become advocates for the planet: www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year.html
• Wildlife Photographer of the Year was founded in 1965 by BBC Wildlife Magazine, then called Animals. The Natural History Museum joined forces in 1984 to create the competition as it is known today. The competition is now solely run and owned by the Natural History Museum.
• Open to photographers of all ages and abilities, the competition opens for entries every October. The 2023 competition opens on 17 October 2022.
• The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most-visited indoor attraction in the UK last year. With a vision of a future in which both people and the planet thrive, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing humanity’s needs with those of the natural world. It is custodian of one of the world’s most important scientific collections comprising over 80 million specimens accessed by researchers from all over the world both in person and via over 50 billion digital data downloads to date. The Museum’s 350 scientists are finding solutions to the planetary emergency from biodiversity loss through to the sustainable extraction of natural resources. The Museum uses its global reach and influence to meet its mission to create advocates for the planet - to inform, inspire and empower everyone to make a difference for nature. We welcome millions of visitors through our doors each year, our website has had 17 million visits in the last year and our touring exhibitions have been seen by around 20 million people in the last 10 years.