Wildlife Photographer of the Year – Royal BC Museum

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is back at the Royal BC Museum, by popular demand. The exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, returns with 100 of the most stunning brand new images from around the world.

From the adorable to the elegant, the exhibition showcases award-winning images that tell astonishing stories of our natural world while pushing the boundaries of technical skill. 

The exhibition showcases finalists and winners of the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The overall winner, and official “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” for 2017, is Brent Stirton, a photojournalist from South Africa. Stirton won for his arresting image Memorial to a species, featuring a recently shot and de-horned black rhino in South Africa’s Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. The image illustrates the devastation of poaching; Stirton took the photograph to highlight the impact of the illegal trade of rhino products.

Not all the images are as sobering or graphic as Stirton’s. As always, the exhibition also features photographs of startling beauty, whimsy and grace. Many of the images feature animals unconcerned by (or wholly oblivious to) any human presence, creating a gorgeous gallery of candid moments that families can pore over for hours. 

The photos are back-lit on a large scale for maximum impact, a dramatic setting for some of the world’s most respected nature photographers and wildlife experts. Young photographer categories also feature budding talents, while special categories tell stories of the natural world’s beauty and struggles.

“Wildlife Photographer of the Year is an exceptional collection of the very best photographs of the natural world,” explains Royal BC Museum CEO Prof. Jack Lohman. “By bringing this world-renowned exhibition to Western Canada, we hope to increase awareness of the need to understand and protect our natural areas for the people, plants and animals that depend on them.”

The Royal BC Museum has added specimens to the exhibition, allowing visitors to get a closer look at, and to sketch, animals from the museum collection.

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